O'Mahony: 'Unbelievable buzz at Munster's Maori fixture'

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

O'Mahony: 'Unbelievable buzz at Munster's Maori fixture'

MUNSTER tryscorer Ronan O'Mahony described the atmosphere as 'insane' as the province claimed their third ever win over the touring side at Thomond Park.

Munster recovered from a 14-5 deficit in the opening half to secure an exciting 27-14 victory over the Maori All-Blacks on Friday.

The home side, who included five members of the province's Academy in their squad, outscored their opponents by four tries to two to claim a famous win before a 'sell out' attendance.

Afterwards Munster winger O'Mahony was fulsome in his praise of the atmosphere the sell-out attendance generated.

“The noise out there, the buzz, it was just incredible, right from minute one and then when we went 14-5 down, we were under the sticks and there were just cool heads,” O'Mahony said.

“Everyone knew we could come back. We had come back from 14-0 down away to Ulster, the feeling was 'lads, we can do this.'

“The crowd was insane, unbelievable, especially in the wet conditions. Our defence was outstanding. Everyone was coming off the line, putting their bodies on the line. It was unbelievable.”

O'Mahony seized on a neat dink kick from scrum-half Duncan Williams to score a vital Munster try in the second half.

“It is not the first time it has happened,” O'Mahony said.

“We did it a couple of times in training. We are on the same wavelength. It was good, It worked out.”

O'Mahony was impressed with the Maoris gesture of presenting a New Zealander jersey to Anthony Foley's two sons on the pitch just before kick-off.

“The last time I faced the haka was U-20s. It is an unbelievable experience. They (Maori All-Blacks)showed unbelievable respect with the jersey presentation for Anthony Foley.

“It was one of those unbelievable occasions. We were all wearing our club and school socks.

“I am representing Castletroy College. It is 10 years since I put on these socks. It was a great evening.”

The Munster players have a deserved week off this week before the province's players return to training next week as the focus switches to the Guinness Pro12 fixture with Treviso at Thomond Park on Saturday, November 26, 2pm.

Meanwhile, Munster's Irish internationals are busily preparing for Saturday's second meeting with the All-Blacks in the space of 14 days. The Aviva Stadium clash with the World Champions is sold out. The game has a 5.30pm kick-off and will be televised live on RTE and on Sky Sports.