Peter O'Mahony cemented himself as a Munster legend on Saturday as the Cork man captained his province to their first title in twelve years.
Graham Rowntree's Munster side defeated the Stormers in Cape Town on a scoreline of 19-14 to win the URC trophy.
O'Mahony played a crucial role in his side's ultimate victory, leading from the front throughout the season.
In yesterday's final he had to be substituted in the first-half after going off for a HIA.
Knowing the influence that the 33-year-old has the Stormers seemed to clearly target O'Mahony.
But it was the Munster man who had the last laugh.
When the South African outfit scored their early try through Manie Libbok after five minutes following a Munster mistake, two of their players decided to engage in unneccesary behaviour towards O'Mahony.
It appears from this video that both Herschel Jantjies and Leolin Zas had words with O'Mahony, with Jantjies getting in his face.
Herschel Jantjies getting in Peter O'Mahony's face as the Stormers score their early intercept try, with Leolin Zas seemingly having a word too.
All in the game, but safe to say O'Mahony had the last laugh! pic.twitter.com/MfeiClHNU4
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It wasn't the first time this season that the Stormers had targeted the Munster man.
When the sides met back in April two Stormers players initiated a brawl which resulted in lock Marvin Orie placing his hands against O'Mahony's face.
On that occasion O'Mahony alerted referee Craig Evans describing the incident as "unacceptable." As there wasn't clear evidence available, Stormers only had their penalty rescinded.
Despite facing these challenges from his South African opponents O'Mahony will now worry little about it after his side's victory yesterday.
After the game Rowntree was being interviewed with Ross Harries and former Munster players CJ Stander and Jean De Villiers when O'Mahony joined them.
Peter O'Mahony reacts to Munster's URC win
O'Mahony had a go at the poor quality at the pitch and praised the "unbelievable balls" that Munster showed to get over the line.
"We had a couple of huge tests, on the road," O'Mahony told Stander."
"They stood to us massively over the past 80 minutes. It certainly wasn't a handy road to the final for us, by any stretch. I can't remember the last time we played at home.
"It stood to us though especially in that last 20 minutes. Unbelievable balls to go down there and that skill-set - the pitch was poor and the ball was greasy but they scored an unbelievable try there at the end to win the game. Delighted with them."
"It's hard to believe!" 🗣️ @Munsterrugby's Graham Rowntree gives lengthy pitchside interview after his side's URC title win 🔴
Peter O'Mahony also joins his head coach for a conversation 👋#URC | #STOvMUN pic.twitter.com/XpQb2KUavH
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As one of the older generation of Munster players, the win meant a hell of a lot to Peter O'Mahony.
I didn't think it was going to happen there for a few of us," he said.
"We've been a long time at it. We've had a long road. Our supporters have been incredible to us. Our families have stayed with us.
"You know, they get the brunt of it when we go home and we've lost again, but we stuck at it and it means the world. I have to say to win some silverware with Munster is massive for the whole group."