Finn Russell Ireland back Murray and Sexton to handle Scotland

Finn Russell Ireland back Murray and Sexton to handle Scotland

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Finn Russell Peter O’Mahony has backed Johnny Sexton, pictured, to cope with whatever physicality Scotland throw at him (Brian Lawless/PA)
Peter O’Mahony has backed Johnny Sexton, pictured, to cope with whatever physicality Scotland throw at him (Brian Lawless/PA)

Ireland back-rower Peter O’Mahony has backed playmakers Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton to “look after themselves” whatever strong-arm tactics Scotland might attempt in Sunday’s World Cup opener.

Scrum-half Murray hit out at Glasgow’s “very dangerous” attempts to take out his standing leg when kicking back in a European clash in January 2017.

Scotland have continually tried to unsettle Ireland’s stellar British and Irish Lions playmaking duo, and Murray’s Munster team-mate O’Mahony fully expects more of the same in Yokohama this weekend.

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Peter O’Mahony, pictured, believes Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton can look after themselves (Brian Lawless/PA)

“Look, it hasn’t come into our thinking. It’s a Test game, half-backs are always targeted,” O’Mahony said.

“Jacob’s already spoken about Finn Russell. If you can get to the other team’s playmakers it gives you advantage and that isn’t something that’s new in Test rugby.

“And it isn’t going to be any different tomorrow. So front-foot ball, solid set-piece, having the ability to get ourselves into the game and starting well is paramount for us.

“So Johnny and the boys are well able to look after themselves.”

The 59-cap flanker O’Mahony said Ireland had been waiting for this World Cup to kick-off for so long their eagerness for a strong start had hit fever pitch.

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Conor Murray, pictured, will bid to boss Ireland’s backline against Scotland (Brian Lawless/PA)

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