Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

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

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

Full highlights of the RaboDirect PRO12 match between Munster and Edinburgh in Cork

16 Comments

  •  ruggerslugger
    ruggerslugger

    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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  •  donkeyballs4000
    donkeyballs4000

    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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  •  carson1091
    carson1091

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

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  •  drg
    drg

    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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  •  lilolme
    lilolme

    wasn't that Gary Player?

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  •  ronan
    ronan

    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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  •  benny
    benny

    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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  •  elvis15
    elvis15

    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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  •  ruggerslugger
    ruggerslugger

    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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  •  danknapp
    danknapp

    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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  •  s_conner
    s_conner

    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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  •  ruggerslugger
    ruggerslugger

    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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  •  swing
    swing

    Not an ice-cube's chance in hell of that being deliberate. Great to see though

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  •  nja8
    nja8

    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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  •  nja8
    nja8

    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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  •  jimter10
    jimter10

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

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