O'Mahony says Munster's Bleyendaal 'unbelievably strong willed'

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O'Mahony says Munster's Bleyendaal 'unbelievably strong willed'

MUNSTER winger Ronan O’Mahony has been highly impressed with the resilience out-half Tyler Bleyendaal has showed in battling back from injury.

New Zealander Bleyendaal impressed in Munster’s pre-season win over Worcester in Cork on Friday night.

The Kiwi made just five appearances for the province last year before suffering a quad injury. 

Munster open their Guinness Pro12 campaign against the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday, 3pm.

Ronan O’Mahony, Man of the Match in the win over Worcester, said: “It’s great to see Tyler back, Tyler in the last two years has been struggling with injury.

”I wouldn’t wish injury on anyone. I’ve been there myself and it’s not a nice thing. Mentally when you are coming back into the game like that and you are out for so long, it does take its toll on you mentally.

”He is unbelievably strong willed. Even when he was injured he was in and around the squad, he was always unbelievably knowledgable about the game. It was great to see him perform like that out there.

”It was great to see Keats (Ian Keatley) coming off the bench and making such an impact as well, intercept try and he really controlled the game. To have guys like that is great for us.”

Limerick winger O’Mahony is pleased with how his own pre-season has gone.

”Ten weeks of pre-season is not easy I can tell you that. I remember everyone coming in day one and we were like: ‘oh my God, holidays are over, back to the grind’. But you come around to it pretty quickly.

“I think just looking after ourselves, everyone looking after their body, our training environment is a bit different as well, it’s very intense and then when we get our rest and recover hard we just keep building towards the game.

”Look, we are pretty pleased with it so far and we’ll keep building for next week.”

O’Mahony is relishing the prospect of Saturday’s trip to Wales to face a Scarlets side the province defeated in their final game of last season to book their place in this season’s Champions Cup.

“​They’ve an unbelievable record there. They’re a hard team to beat, they’ve got good players across the park.”