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Thursday 22 August 2019

O'Mahony: We must erase 'silly decisions'

Peter O’Mahony in action at training
Peter O’Mahony in action at training
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Munster are judged by the number of trophies they add to their cabinet each season according to captain Peter O'Mahony and, after a number of fallow years, the Ireland flanker wants to get back to winning ways.

The Corkman is confident of playing his part in Saturday's Guinness Pro12 final against Glasgow Warriors despite his ongoing hip flexor problem and he is emphasising the need to focus on the task in hand for a group of players low on final experience.

The Belfast clash will be Paul O'Connell's final game for the province and the spotlight will linger on the Ireland skipper, but O'Mahony believes the players can't dwell on their part of the occasion.

"If you asked him, he would say it was a distraction," the Ireland blindside said of O'Connell.

"It's a huge game for the club and that's the way we are looking at it.

"He has been an unbelievable servant and I won't even get into the plaudits that he should get, but it is a big game for the club. It's a final. We need to be technically and mentally spot on and physically in as good a shape as we can be. That is what he will be doing as well.

"It is massive. I think we measure every year on how many trophies are in the cabinet.

"The last few years haven't been where we want. For us to put ourselves in position now to lift a trophy is exactly where we want to be and everyone in the squad will be doing their utmost this week to try and lift the trophy at the weekend."

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O'Mahony's leadership will be key for the province as they look to address the issues that saw them let Ospreys back into last weekend's semi-final win, a game that was far too close for comfort for the Thomond Park faithful.

"We had to review the game," he said. "There were a couple of silly decisions between guys for a couple of their tries. They're things we don't need to draw on ourselves.

"We just need to tidy up on little things around our game-plan and some of our moves. We just need to be a little bit tighter and make some better decisions.

"It was tough going. We played some great rugby. We made it harder for ourselves than we should have, but the Ospreys are a great side and they scored some great tries.

"We allowed them back in the game. They are the things we cannot afford to do any more. We had a good look at ourselves over the past two days. Hopefully it won't happen again this weekend."

Meanwhile, Connacht have signed Ben Marshall from Leinster on a one-year deal.

The second-row, who played in the Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Toulon, has been named on the Ireland bench for tonight's clash with the Barbarians.

He essentially swaps provinces with Mick Kearney, who is making the move in the opposite direction.

Anthony Eddy has named his Ireland Wolfhounds squad for the first round of the GB Sevens in Edinburgh this Saturday.

Ireland Wolfhounds squad for GB Sevens: A Byrne (UCD), A Cairns (Ballynahinch), T Daly (Leinster), S Layden (Buccaneers), G Lyons (Young Munster), D McCarthy (Young Munster), D McGuigan (Ballynahinch), H McNulty (UCD), L O'Dea (Shannon), M Roche (Lansdowne) C Wardle (Exiles), A Wootton (Garryowen).

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