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Sean O'Brien's monster ruck cleanout against France

Sean O'Brien's monster ruck cleanout against France
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Sean O’Brien made his return to international rugby at the weekend, pleasing Ireland rugby fans after the disappointment of his withdrawal due to a warmup session injury the weekend prior. On this occasion he took to the field, and made his presence known in no uncertain terms with this huge cleanout.

This was his first Test appearance since November 2013 and that loss to the All Blacks.

The Tullow Tank said that he loved being back against France, but certainly felt the pace.

“I was blowing. I was sucking air there at one point but it was good to get the amount of minutes that I did. I was very surprised to get the shout to go back on again but the legs felt good.”

The legs and his massive frame in general were put to the test just nine minutes in, when a loose ball resulted in what could have easily been a France turnover.

Instead, the powerhouse got back swiftly and managed to clear out not one, but two French players at the ruck, and prevented a third from snatching the ball.

For the record, it was Rory Kockott and flanker Bernard Le Roux, and then he removed the threat of skipper Thierry Dusautoir too. It’s easy to miss at first glance, but this is the kind of workrate coaches love.

For his part, O’Brien praised the French, and said that they were throwing their bodies about too.

“It was tough. There were a lot of big hits close in that maybe people didn’t see,” he explained.

It was a very physical game and there’ll be a lot of sore bodies from our side and theirs but we were expecting that. They have some very big, physical players and they really got stuck into us in the second half.”

View highlights of Ireland vs France here

14 Comments

  • 10stonenumber10
    1:39 PM 19/02/2015

    Yeah, if your family shifted 10 tons a day down a roasting hot mine with 2kg of tar and soot in their lungs instead of oxygen... chances are you're probably from quite tough stock... No idea how the italian pack is like teak though, we aren't a nation of 'workers'... Sunglasses, not Shovels. Call it the mediterranean temper instead!

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  • mise
    12:58 PM 19/02/2015

    thou on (yet another) look SOB is certainly resting there at the end for a while...

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  • mise
    12:57 PM 19/02/2015

    Desperate Dan stuff, that! Sneeky headlock at the end, but great to see that SOB back.... :-) I've heard the same sort of farmer strength talked about re the Welsh and coalminers ....its tuff down pit an all... (I'm in Ireland)

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  • 2:28 AM 19/02/2015

    Jaysus!

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  • larry
    5:51 PM 18/02/2015

    If only all the forwards bothered to fight for the ball there might be some room out wider for the backs to run in, like before rugby union started to look like league.

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  • 10stonenumber10
    5:54 PM 17/02/2015

    It is a different level. My Great-Uncle is nearly in his 80s, and is still out in the fields before dawn... smoking like a chimney, drinks like a fish, never had a day sick either. His sons do most of the work now, but I watched him lead an 800kg bull silently from field to field on a bit of string, just by staring the beast down. Nerves of Titanium.

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  • danknapp
    4:32 PM 17/02/2015

    I remember watching farmers chucking hay bales around when I was a boy. It's only now that I appreciate how powerful those guys must have been, and some of them must have been in their sixties.

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  • marty
    3:39 PM 17/02/2015

    leroux's weight was already off the ground, but the fact that Dusautoir was there fighting in the ruck kind of evens things out. Great to see him back in green. He's been so unlucky with injuries since the world cup in NZ. Hope he'll stay fit for the incoming one!

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  • stroudos
    1:06 PM 17/02/2015

    I agree. You just can't replicate Farmer Tough in the gym. It's one of the reasons why so many of these Afrikaaner boys are so teak tough. The other one is "Dad Strength" - these gits who don't look like they've lifted a weight in their lives, but have innate physical power. I experienced it last weekend, putting a fence up with my neighbour, who's a builder. He's quite a lot smaller than me (ie not very big!), but there he was, cigarette hanging out of his mouth, happily throwing bags of cement around like bath toys. At the end of the job, joints creaking, muscles aching and back knackered (it would transpire for a good few days), I said "shit, I need to start working harder at the gym" - he just smiled and said "that won't make any difference at all mate". And he's probably right.

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  • 10stonenumber10
    12:13 PM 17/02/2015

    Great player, unfortunate initials.

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  • colombes
    10:44 AM 17/02/2015

    Great clear out... followed up by a wonderful 'holding down' obstruction on 2 french players ;)

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  • danknapp
    10:41 AM 17/02/2015

    'Farmer tough', I like that. Will have to file that away. I have a friend who is a cattle farmer and he's the same. Big fan of SOB, great player.

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  • 10stonenumber10
    10:05 AM 17/02/2015

    My Irish relatives would call that "Farmer Tough". John Hayes was the same. A tracksuit and MTV on a flat screen in the gym is one thing... at 4.30am in the wind and rain, throwing about feed bales, wrestling livestock and moving heavy machinery, you end up built like a brick sh*thouse whether you want to be or not. Steering a driving maul is easier than a shopping trolley once you've lead a breeding bull between fields a few times. Everything is done by weight, but by the ton instead of the kilo!

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  • armchairrugby
    9:57 AM 17/02/2015

    What a clear out! Watched that a few times more than necessary

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