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Peter O'Mahony: We wanted a performance that would make Axel proud

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16:49 22 Oct 2016

Munster back-row Peter O'Mahony says his side wanted to produce a performance that the late Anthony Foley could be proud of during the Irish province's 38-17 victory at Thomond Park. 

In a game shrouded by raw emotion, and which saw Keith Earls be sent off for a spear tackle in the first half, Munster were at their very best as they honoured the memory of their former head coach.

Speaking to Newstalk Sport's Oisin Langan after the game, he said it was imperative that his memory was honoured in an appropriate manner. 

"Yeah it was a memorable day for many reasons," he said. "It was a big day for us to perform like Axel would have wanted us to. We wanted to show up for him, his kids, his family and everyone who has played with him or been friends with him.

"Luckily we had the chance to step out there again today and put those feeling into action. I'm hugely proud of the boys and  how they stood up today. 

Emotions ran high this afternoon before kick-off. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

"Our number one job was to be there for the family and our secondary job was to put in a performance that Axel would have been proud of. We knew that if we did that we would have to be technically very good against a team as good as Glasgow. 

"We spoke about how accurate we had to be and how important it was for us to show up be immaculate when it comes to our detail. That was very important because they're too good a side to come and play against with just raw emotion."

Asked about the support of the crowd he said: "I think there has been questions asked of us and them and whether or not there was an issue. I think today shows that they'll follow us anywhere and they'll show up when we need them to. Whether for circumstances like this or not, it was an incredible day for them and us and I think we fed off that out on the pitch."

 

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