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O'Mahony: Ireland will bounce back


Peter O'Mahony made his first international start against the All Blacks

Peter O'Mahony made his first international start against the All Blacks

Peter O'Mahony made his first international start against the All Blacks

Peter O'Mahony has warned his Ireland team-mates they cannot afford to dwell on the mistakes they made in Saturday's 42-10 defeat to New Zealand if they are to make it a closer contest next weekend.

Debutant winger Julian Savea scored a hat-trick for the All Blacks as Ireland had no answer for the pace and power of the world champions' backline.

O'Mahony, 22, making making his first international start at blindside flanker, acquitted himself well but admitted the tourists contributed to their own downfall. He said: "We're disappointed. It was a different pace. The speed of the game was a lot quicker but we did ourselves no favours with the amount of turnovers we gave them."

He went on: "They are too good a team to be turning over ball to them that much. We don't have enough time to keep our heads down or beat ourselves up about everything. We have another Test Saturday and another opportunity. We go back to work.

"It was intense game and hugely physical throughout. We've got to cut down the amount of errors and look at our breakdown work. We'll have a look at it during the week and come up with a few things. They're a good side, but we'll be all right. We'll come back from it."

Jamie Heaslip also admitted costly turnovers and the All Blacks' impressive line speed were the two deciding factors in the match at Eden Park.

"The goal, the thing that everyone is chasing, is quick ball," said Heaslip. "Their forwards provided a great launching platform with quick ball. With Dan (Carter) pulling the strings, they have really good guys that can hit it up in the middle as well as really good finishers with outstanding pace.

"If those guys can get consistent quick ball, it puts your defensive system under pressure. It was kind of hard, it was very quick at times out there and that's hard to defend against."

Ireland started off the first Test with some exciting, running rugby of their own, but they were often repelled backward and, in turn, spilled balls that the All Blacks pounced on.

"I think holding onto the ball rather than turning it over is the best way to play the game," Heaslip said. "When we held on to it, I think, that we posed some questions and made some inroads in their defence, when we got reasonably quick ball. However, when it slowed right down, their line was set and it was hard to break it down."