Flanker put Peter O’Mahony has told his Ireland colleagues to forget the disappointment of Twickenham and concentrate on winning the Six Nations Championship.
Ireland are one of four teams with two wins but top the table on points different and with games against Italy and France remaining, but after having a 10-3 at Twickenham O’Mahony feels the team should be closing those games out.
“We’ve looked over it in the last 48 hours and the beauty of this competition is that we’re still on top, we have Italy to come next and that’s all you can look at,” said O’Mahony.
“We are certainly disappointed looking back with the way it went, but that’s life, you have to get on with these things.”
“The ones that you see doing (closing out games) that are probably very experienced teams who have been there.”
“To most extents we should be nearly there ourselves, we should be finishing out those games and it’s disappointing that we’re not because we have experience there.”
“We have talked about the consistency in games that we should be finishing off.”
“At times we are and at times we’re not it’s certainly something we’ve talked about stamping out of our game.”
“There’s no need to panic, we didn’t become a bad team overnight, we’re playing good rugby and putting ourselves in good positions to put some more points on the board.”
“The sooner we realise that the fact that we’re putting ourselves in those positions then the sooner we’ll start taking them.”
The Munster captain had to left the Twickenham pitch due to a hamstring injury and although he sat out the open training session in Belfast on Thursday he is confident that he with be fit enough to make next Saturday’s game with Italy at the Aviva Stadium.
“It’s not too bad, it has stopped me from training for the last 48 hours but you need to give these things a bit of rest and respect them, hopefully I’ll be back training early next week and put myself back into contention for selection.”
“Joe always says you have to train pretty much all of the test week to be selected, so we’ll see where we are at the weekend.”
“The signs are good but I just have to rest it and then see if I can start training early next week.”
O’Mahony played through the pain barrier against England until he finally had to succumb to the injury.
“Look, when you’re playing against England in Twickenham you don’t really have the time to think about these things.”
“I was in a couple of poach positions and my leg straightened out a little bit and I just felt it twinge, it happened twice in the same leg, the first one happened about five or six minutes in, and the second one was about 50 minutes in.”
“It pinched definitely the first time, you can use the adrenalin to run it off but when it cooled down in the second half I got it again at 50, it tightened up then around 65, 70.”
“Unless it’s fully stopping you from running you just have to get on with it. It wasn’t bothering me enough to take me off or anything. Even if you have a little bit of a limp you can still tear on.”
Last season in Rome O’Mahony bizarrely finished the game on the wing against Italy an experience he hopes he’ll never have to repeat.
“It was strange, all right. To be fair, defending outside Drico on a five-metre scrum wasn’t always something I had pictured growing up.”