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'There's Just A Dog In O'Mahony, And You Either Have That Or You Don't'

'There's Just A Dog In O'Mahony, And You Either Have That Or You Don't'

In the wake of Ireland's sensational defeat of New Zealand on Saturday night, the contribution Peter O'Mahony had made to proceedings was widely celebrated among the jubilant Irish fans.

Somewhat akin to Kilkenny's dismantling of Waterford in the 2008 All-Ireland, one could have picked a man-of-the-match from any number of the Irish players who featured against the All Blacks.

Unlike that night ten years ago however, where the RTÉ panel opted to acknowledge the team ahead of any one individual, O'Mahony got the call after one of the most momentous games in Irish rugby.

"He was the master on the day," Lenihan said of Ireland's O'Mahony on Against the Head tonight.

"It's rare you get the balance [between the snarl and the cold-blooded thinking].

"There's just a dog in him, you either have that or you don't. He's just this inspirational figure.

"People say, 'does he talk a lot?' He doesn't, he just controls by his actions."

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Breaking down some of O'Mahony's most memorable actions of the game, Lenihan praised the Munster man's willingness to do just what Joe Schmidt requires of him.

"Not just content to get the ball, look at his positioning on the ground," Lenihan points out in reference to that late grab of a loose ball O'Mahony secured.

"Joe Schmidt calls this 'body ball', fighting to get yourself in the right position to make it easier for the scrum-half."

Of that late, late turnover, it was O'Mahony's ability to retain his composure and technique despite being "out on his feet."

A stellar performance from Peter O'Mahony, one will hope the inevitable toll it took on his body will not be serious or long-standing.

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