Six Nations: Peter O'Mahony says Ireland 'wanted victory more' than Wales

Last Updated: 09/02/14 1:56pm

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Peter O'Mahony: 'Ireland wanted it more'

Peter O'Mahony: 'Ireland wanted it more'

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Man-of-the-match Peter O'Mahony says Ireland's Six Nations demolition of Wales was down to pure aggression.

The flanker subdued Lions captain Sam Warburton in the pivotal breakdown area as the Irish won 26-3 in Dublin.

The Munster captain, 24, led by example and he said Ireland's "savage" training ground work gave them a vital edge on Saturday.

"A lot of that has to go down to the fight and the want that we showed," said O'Mahony.

"At the end of the day we wanted it more than they did, that was evident by the end of it. I don't think the scoreline flattered us, but we fought for everything.

"At the end of the day we wanted it more than they did, that was evident by the end of it. I don't think the scoreline flattered us, but we fought for everything."
Peter O'Mahony

"That is where we need to be at, we need to be fighting for every 50:50 ball, everything that goes on the ground. They are the ones that make the difference."

Ulstermen Chris Henry and Paddy Jackson scored the tries, with the Irish driving maul smashing the Welsh defence backwards.

And O'Mahony said forwards coach John Plumtree has given the Irish pack new ideas which are bearing fruit.

"John has put a big emphasis on our maul and our line-out, he wants us to be a great mauling and line-out team," said O'Mahony.


"You've guys there like Paul O'Connell, Devin Toner, Rory Best, Sean Cronin and Dan Tuohy - these guys spent an awesome amount of time on laptops and a savage amount of work.

"Credit has to go to all of them. John has put in great structures put the players are really driving that


O'Mahony captain O'Connell demanded a "statement" performance against the Welsh, though he insists it is too early to start dreaming of titles, despite winning two out of two.

"You all know the way Paul gets stuck in and he'll lead from the front always, he was looking to put a statement in and it was a good one," said O'Mahony.

"It was a good way to start for us, it was a great team performance but we won't be getting carried away.

"We'll give plaudits for the boys but we have a lot of work to do especially going to Twickenham for a seriously physical game. We have a lot of work to do over the next two weeks.

"It's always a huge game against England. It is always savagely physical, a game you love playing in an Irish jersey."

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