"Is this legal? - Peter O'Mahony spotted using strange tactic during scrums - Ruck

“Is this legal? – Peter O’Mahony spotted using strange tactic during scrums

In Ireland’s latest triumph over Wales in the Six Nations, captain Peter O’Mahony showcased some intriguing manoeuvres in the scrum, contributing to his team’s relentless pursuit of a second consecutive Grand Slam.

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The match unfolded in Dublin, where O’Mahony’s leadership guided his squad to a flawless record of three wins from three matches.

Amidst the fervor of Saturday’s showdown, keen observers couldn’t help but notice O’Mahony’s clever tactics aimed at thwarting any potential penalties for his teammate Porter’s scrummaging technique.

The issue of the loosehead dropping in the scrum had plagued Ireland in previous encounters, notably during their World Cup quarter-final loss to New Zealand.

O’Mahony’s strategic interventions underscored his astuteness as a captain, ensuring that referee Andrea Piardi’s attention remained diverted from any potential infractions by Porter. This meticulous approach reflects Ireland’s determination to address and rectify any weaknesses in their game as they strive for continued success on the international stage.

“3/10” – 5 players who flopped in the third round of the 2024 Six Nations

We examine five players who struggled to deliver during the third round of the 2024 Guinness Six Nations, while England, Ireland, and France secured wins.

#1. Josh Adams (Wales)

Rugby Pass 3/10: “Scrambled on defence and offered a release with a big right boot. His leading role in the blitz defence meant he missed as many tackles as he made. Replaced by Mason Grady on 57 minutes.”

Rugby Dump 4/10: “Not the force he once way, Adams looks out of sorts at the moment and will be under pressure from the likes of Mason Grady who was superb when he came on.”

Planet Rugby 4/10: “Relatively quiet and spent most of the game defending but missed more tackles than he made. Would have liked to impose himself on the game more.”

Wales Online 5/10: “Didn’t get many opportunities to show his class with ball in hand but there were a few aimless kicks, and he missed a tackle on Ireland hooker Dan Sheehan in the first-half. Worked hard during the second-half but it wasn’t his day.”

Telegraph 5/10: “Tough day, copping an early blow tackling Aki before being steamrolled by Sheehan. Was later crunched too by a big Van der Flier tackle.”

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