Flanker Peter O’Mahony was pleased to see the hard work of the last month come to fruition as Ireland finished 2012 on a high by scoring seven tries in their victory over Argentina in Dublin.
“We have trained really well over the last four weeks, we learned lesson from our summer tour and from South Africa, Fiji gave everyone in the squad a huge boost,” said O’Mahony.
“I can’t give enough praise to fellas like Donnacha Ryan for the homework he does on lineouts, Mike Ross and Cain Healy for the detail they put into their scrummaging and it came well for us.”
“We talked about doing ourselves justice and about owing ourselves a performance, we wanted to play well for our families and for Ireland.”
“We played well but our detail in the lineout could have been better as there were a few balls we let go, we really fronted up as a pack, the back three are the guys that you want to score and to get up out of a scrum and run under the posts and pat a fella on the head is all you can ask for.”
“We wanted to bring the last four weeks onto the pitch and when you do that you can’t beat the buzz of the dressing room, you’re just relaxed with your buddies that you’ve worked so hard for during the week and at the end of the day it’s about putting in 80 minutes.”
O’Mahony is hoping that in spite of the break that Ireland can carry the form they showed against the Pumas into the Six Nations.
“We’re going to have players coming back from injury so there will be great competition for the Six Nations and after this performance fellas will be hopping to get back into Irish mode and get stuck into the championship but obviously we have other things to worry about now.”
“We go back to our clubs now and worry about our back to back games in the Heineken Cup but from an Irish point of view we’ll be looking at the Six Nations and just play week over the next few weeks to stick your hand up for that squad.”
“There is a young squad at Ireland and hopefully we’ll be taking that to the world cup and we have to lay down our own markers and take control of the team, it’s going to be our team for the next few years and we have just got to play well.”