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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ronan O'Mahony back heel flick sets up try for James Coughlan vs Edinburgh

This Munster try video has been doing the rounds since the weekend, exciting a lot of fans out there who have compared it to Simon Zebo's heel flick, and other great bits of skill. But was it intentional? Take a look for yourself and see what you think.

Munster beat Edinburgh 34-23 in the opening weekend of the RaboDirect PRO12, scoring five tries to two at Musgrave Park. There was one moment in particular that got the fans talking though.

James Coughlan scored in the first half after Ronan O'Mahony chased a Johne Murphy kick through. O'Mahony appeared to misjudge the bounce as he went to gather it, and it didn't quite sit up as hoped. Instead he ran over it, and somehow a trailing foot flicked it up perfectly for Coughlan.

Some fans have emailed RD saying it was a brilliant bit of skill, and that he was a great age group footballer so he must've intentionally flicked it up to his teammate.

We're not as convinced, but let us know what you think in the comments below as we'd love to hear more views on it. You can also view highlights from the match on page two of this post.

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Posted at 7:09 am | 23 comments

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Tristan Fowler September 10, 2013 9:40 am

Definitely skill. He looks down and adjusts his body to get the flick on. Well done lad!!

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Nja8 September 10, 2013 10:07 am

I assume that is humor. Glad it worked out (even as an Edinburgh fan) because that is the beauty of sport. However there was not even 1% of intention in that!!!

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Ruggerslugger September 10, 2013 10:37 am

I'm with Tristan, rugby can sometimes be all about the very small things/actions and a great deal of luck. He tried a flick close to the oppos line with nothing to lose and knowing that 90% of the time it'll go wrong or end up in the wrong hands etc... this one just happened to come off. Great stuff.

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jimter10 September 10, 2013 9:45 am

If Hernandez had done it, you'd know it was deliberate

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Nja8 September 10, 2013 10:09 am

Complete fluke. Glad it worked out (even as an Edinburgh fan) because that is the beauty of sport. However I doubt in that split second he thought, let me kick it AWAY from the try line in the hope it falls perfectly into the arms of my team mate who I cant see.

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DanKnapp September 10, 2013 1:51 pm

I desperately wish it was an intentional backheel, but I just don't see it myself. If the player said he did it on purpose though I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. He was definitely trying to play it with his feet, but I don't think he had any idea what part of his body he was hitting it with or where it was going.

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DrG September 11, 2013 8:14 am

100% agree, he tried to do "anything" but also "nothing in particular" the fact it bobbled up, came off his heel and ended up in a team mates hands is testament to how awesome rugby can be...

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Swing September 10, 2013 10:36 am

Not an ice-cube's chance in hell of that being deliberate.

Great to see though

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greenalienbmx September 10, 2013 10:39 am

Nja8 - Agreed, but he may of just been trying to slow the ball down for his mates because he knew he would over-run the bounce, and caught it with the heel instead. He definitely looks down and has an intention of doing something...

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s_conner September 10, 2013 12:50 pm

Well, he definitely didn't mean for that to happen, just tried to get something on the ball as it stuck under him. Doesn't come close to Zebo's tekkers.

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Pedro33 September 10, 2013 1:23 pm

Not sure but coughlans supporting run looks very premeditated...

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Ruggerslugger September 10, 2013 2:00 pm

I bet Ronan will come in here and see what people are saying about this clip....C'mon Ronan, intentional or fluke?

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elvis15 September 10, 2013 2:55 pm

I don't know, it almost looks like he's trying to bring it forward slightly with his left boot so he can put it back in front of him with his right. But, maybe he did hear a call from his support and figured he'd pop it up in the air on chance.

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jay September 10, 2013 4:48 pm

watch it in slow mo and you will see he tried to kick the ball on but missed... the ball bounced up and caught his foot .....great bit of luck tho

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Benny September 10, 2013 7:46 pm

It looked like he was waiting for the bounce but it never came so he then goes to put the flick in with his right foot but misses and then by some fluke gets the perfect bounce off his left. I'd put it down to luck, same way his little heel kick vs wales was.

Who was it that said "the more i practice the luckier I get?"

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lilolme September 10, 2013 11:28 pm

wasn't that Gary Player?

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Don September 10, 2013 7:55 pm

Definitely intended. He adjusted quickly and any good footballer knows how to use the opposite calf to drive the ball just on top of the back of the heel to flick it up. It's a rainbow kick. A football would have went over his head. Well done.

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Ruggerslugger September 12, 2013 8:45 am

It's a little beyond most peeps in here it appears. I'm with you though - it's not rocket science.

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Ronan September 10, 2013 8:18 pm

total mistake,
no rugby player flicks a ball to a team mate behind him with the try line at his mercy.
and if it was intentional he would have gotten a right bollocken from the coach and told never try anything like that again......

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jndacker September 11, 2013 1:02 am

Obviously lucky. Clearly intentional.

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Kamikoezi September 11, 2013 1:30 pm

As a born and bread [sic] Munsterman I can say with 100% honesty that it WAS COMPLETELY intentional.

We've been training our Munster lads since the early seventies to use the 'oul heel every now and then. This move is based on an ancient Maori-Hurling-Camogie move used to keep the opponents head in-field after spontaneous decapitation, but then augmented with a subtle Michael Flatley double-tap ankle-chink. More knowledgeable pundits may have noticed Simon (Zebo) used the more traditional 'sigle-tap with back-brace to mute-grab' against the Welsh - a firm favourite down in Cork.

Also, if you look really closely you might just catch the "double-pirrouette to back-flip while singing the final verse of Stand up and Fight" that Ronan makes on re-entering the atmosphere - can be seen between frames 23 and 24 of the clip.

Nice touch too that his brothers, Ronan O'Gara, Ronan Keating and Saoirse Ronan came over to congratulate him after the try. Touching!

(Hearty Sigh) Don't you just love FLUKES - they're the spice of life :-)

More of the same please, Ronan. Class act!

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Carson1091 September 11, 2013 2:35 pm

Kamikoezi.... that is the best comment ever! Genuinely laughed aloud at the Ronan part. Great effort!

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donkeyballs4000 September 11, 2013 10:09 pm

My opinion is that he meant to flick it back. It's more likely that he wanted to flick it back towards support, therefore away from the opposition. I doubt he could have expected that outcome.

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