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O'Mahony eyes Scots response

5th February 2019, 01:11 by Michael Holland

Ireland are not panicking after the defeat to England and can still go on and defend their Six Nations title, Peter O'Mahony has said.

Irish hopes suffered a huge setback in the opening game at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday as England picked up their first victory in Dublin since 2013.

It was also their first home defeat under coach Joe Schmidt, but they will get an immediate chance to atone when they face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

O'Mahony says no-one is panicking and believes they still have what it takes to go all the way in the tournament.

"Absolutely," he said when asked if Ireland could still win the tournament. "We were up against one of the best teams in the world and we got beaten, and we're not going to shy away from that.

"But I don't know why we would be panicking. We're hurting, 100 per cent. The Aviva Stadium is a place where we hadn't lost for a while.

"You never like losing, no matter if you are playing for Ireland or your club, but particularly at the Aviva [Stadium] which is somewhere we have made a fortress.

"Certainly that hurts. I'm certainly not going to sit here and say it didn't hurt. It did. But we can't be sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves.

"There's a lot of rugby to be played between now and the end of the campaign. We're going to go back to do what we do well, and we're going to do that excellently this week, hopefully."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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