Monday 19 March 2018

'It came from a special group of guys' - Peter O'Mahony hails players after England win

Ireland's Peter O'Mahony
Ireland's Peter O'Mahony

Harry Clarke

Peter O'Mahony has hailed "a special group of players" following Ireland's heart-stopping win over England at the Aviva Stadium today.

O'Mahony, who came in as a late replacement for Jamie Heaslip who picked up an ankle knock in the warm up, was immense for Joe Schmidt's men as they secured a 13-9 win to spoil England's Grand Slam hopes.

"It (the performance) came from a special group of guys. We were disappointed with the way some of the results have gone but we knew deep down there is a lot of heart there, fellas showing up for each other, showing up for what is special to them, not just on the pitch but off it," O'Mahony told RTE afterwards.

O'Mahony admitted that the players let themselves down with defeat in Cardiff and said this win was for the fans.

"It broke our hearts really, the support we have every time we come here and abroad is amazing. We let a lot of people down so thank you today.

"I think Jamie took a bang in the warm up and I got the shout when we went back into the dressing room. That's what we are there to do.

"It was a massive one for us. We need to show everyone what it meant to us and we did do today.

"It was a nice end but this team is good enough to be competing for championships and at the end of the day we want silverware. We will take a lot of positives out of today and what went on over the past few weeks and move on and build."

Rory Best in particular bounced back after coming under fire for Ireland's poor performance in the line-out against Wales, but insisted that Ireland's win was aided largely by the squad's depth and noise from a vocal Irish crowd.

"We knew that England were a massive side, and we knew that we were going to have to produce a really big performance, and there's no doubt that the boys fronted up from one to 23.

"The crowd here, as always, were absolutely fantastic. Everytime England got a bit of momentum, when the crowd lifted, it was a real big lift for us to help stop that."

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