O’Mahony wary of wounded Tigers

Date published: December 12 2016

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony believes his team will face a wounded animal in Leicester Tigers at Welford Road this Saturday.

The Irish province were outstanding in their 38-0 victory over Leicester last week as they scored four tries in a Thomond Park procession.

But the back-row is wary of what they’ll be up against this coming weekend and fully expects the Tigers to be much-improved from Round 3.

“Because it’s so close I think it makes the second week probably more difficult, especially given the club Leicester are and the quality they have, they will be hurting after that,” said O’Mahony when speaking to Munster‘s website.

“They’ll be waiting for us over there, and we have to have a big week. We have to recover well, and have a big training week, and probably have the biggest European week of this current team’s history so far. They’ll be mad to get us over there and get stuck into us.”

Munster have won their first two games of the Champions Cup pool stage but O’Mahony was quick to calm talk of going all the way as he knows from past experience how a campaign can suddenly unravel.

“We’ve been here before, we’ve won six out of six Heineken Cup pool games and lost quarter-finals, so you’ve really got to live in the week,” he said.

“Things can happen, things can go against you, all you have to worry about is the week you’re going into and the team that you’re up against. With the group we have, if you start looking down the line, and you’ll be turned over, especially against sides like Leicester.

“I don’t think we’re punching above our weight. I think we can keep building, we’re certainly a long way off from where this group can be.

“We’re still feeling our way into a game-plan, into what Rassie and Jacques and Jonesy and Fla are doing. We’re a long way off where we can be. But if we can keep momentum up, keep building from week to week. There will be losses, we know that and it will be about learning from them and learning from wins as well.”