Tohill: I sensed that was coming

AS he soaked in the likelihood of a series-winning test performance, Anthony Tohill admitted he had perceived great things for his players during their training sessions in Ireland.

“I probably sensed two or three weeks ago that we were going to be very, very difficult to beat,” he revealed.

“You know these things when you are involved with teams and you are around players. You just get that sense from the group that the lads mean business.

“They were very focused and very determined. But it is only half time. It is not over. We do not consider the series to be over.”

As much as he probably wants to believe that, Tohill would have to say that. The Cormac McAnallen Trophy is all but certain of heading back on the flight home the week after next.

As Joe McMahon said during the week, getting a good start was an imperative and the 18-point lead after the first quarter was just what was ordered.

“We knew it was going to be very important for us get a hold on the game early.

“We are very conscious of that and we wanted to stamp our authority on the game from the start. We got a few early scores which certainly settled us.”

But even as the game came to a close, Ireland refused to relent.

In the closing minutes, Michael Murphy made a bone-crunching tackle right in front of Tohill who slapped him on the back with gusto after putting his man over the line.

Not for the first time in the game, a free was given against Murphy.

“That is what we asked of our players,” said Tohill of the tackle.

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