Published: 10:25 | 11/1/21

O'Mahony: We were lucky to win

Munster captain Peter O'Mahony conceded his side were lucky to defeat Connacht in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday.

The Reds travelled to the Sportsground sitting top of Conference B, eight points clear of their interprovincial rivals, and they looked in control as the took a 10-3 lead in at the interval, before penalties from JJ Hanrahan in the 41tst and 62nd minute moved them further clear.

However, they allowed Connacht back into the game as ill-discipline proved costly as Rory Scannell was sent to the sin bin with two minutes on the clock, allowing Connacht to score the only try of the game.

As Connacht chased an improbably victory, Munster were reduced to 13 men when Nick McCarthy was shown a yellow card but it came too late for the home side as the Reds held on for a 16-10 win.

Reflecting on the evening's performance, O'Mahony admitted Munster were fortunate to claim the points.

"I thought it was an incredibly physical and competitive derby match. They are incredibly proud and incredibly impressive rugby team, particularly at home and I know from playing here so many times that it's rare enough that you come out of here with four points," O'Mahony told eir sport.

"You saw it at the end, these games are not finished until the 80-odd minutes are actually up and we were probably very lucky in the end to be honest with you.

“We conceded too many penalties, Connacht played some very, very good rugby that put us under a huge amount of pressure, probably forced us to concede a lot of those penalties at times, but ill-discipline was top of the list of reasons for putting us under so much pressure and them playing some excellent rugby.

"So in the scheme of things we're probably lucky to come out of there with the win in the end."

While competition for places in the squad is high, O'Mahony believes it counts for nothing if they are not getting the results they require.

"It's always a good complaint to have but you need to be getting results," he went on. "Tonight was hugely important for us because we are both in the one conference and we are under no illusions that that win was really important for us going forward in the PRO14. It is all well and good to be competing in the squad but we need to be getting results.

"We didn't get one last week and I didn't think we played well enough. We were luckier tonight but I suppose that's a sign of a good team at times when you're not playing your very best in these kind of conditions and coming away from home and getting a win."

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