Peter O’Mahony to miss Scotland match after three-match ban

Ireland's Peter O'Mahony will miss his country's Six Nations clash against Scotland after being handed a three-match suspension. Image: © Craig Watson -
Ireland's Peter O'Mahony will miss his country's Six Nations clash against Scotland after being handed a three-match suspension. Image: © Craig Watson -

IRELAND flanker Peter O’Mahony will miss his team’s next three Six Nations matches against France this Saturday, Italy on 27th February and Scotland on 14th March after picking up a three-match ban as punishment for the red-card he received in Sunday’s clash against Wales for dangerous play at a ruck or maul.

O’Mahony admitted to a Six Nations disciplinary panel, which included former Scotland head coach Frank Hadden, that the offence merited a red-card.

“In assessing the seriousness of the offending, the committee found that the offending was reckless. They were satisfied that the player’s conduct breached World Rugby Law 9.20(a), in that he charged into a ruck. Charging includes any contact made without binding onto another player in the ruck or maul. The Committee noted that the offending involved reckless contact with the head of the Wales No 3,” said a statement issued by Six Nations.

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“As the conduct involved contact with the head, although noting that no injury was suffered by the Wales No.3, the committee determined that the entry point was mid-range, which for this offence is six weeks.

“It was accepted that there were no off field aggravating factors, and the disciplinary committee concluded after careful consideration of the player’s record and conduct in the hearing, that the player was entitled to a 50% reduction of sanction in mitigation.

“The player is suspended from 7th February 2021 to 14th March 2021, which represents three meaningful matches to the player. The player is free to play again on 15th March 2021.”

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  1. They really need to do away with this whole sentence is reduced due to good behaviour, admitting fault etc.. I cannot remember a single ocassion where this has not been applied, regardless of the reality of the player’s past conduct. If it says six weeks then ban them for six weeks!

  2. The whole citing committee format and rules needs addressing. You get credit and mitigation for just behaving yourself and being contrite in the meeting, you get credit for charity work, and as far as past indiscretions go, well…O’Mahony got two yellows against the Scarlets in October which obviously went to a red and they paid no heed to that quite clearly.

    He made no attempt to go under the player, led with his shoulder with arm behind the perpendicular of his shoulder after contact, and no attempt to legitimately clear out. This is problem with Flankers. If they are not close to or over the infringement line they are not “doing their job”. We have had some of our own be that brutal in the past, and no team can say that their 6 or 7 have not been in those positions at some point.

    I have watched it from many angles and he had plenty of time to assess his need to be in that ruck. Francis was on his back on top of the ball carrier, facing upwards. There is no threat to the ball carrier from that player. The ball carrier had already gained possession and their was no contest. Total rush of blood by O’Mahony and he was rightly dismissed.

    The penalty after the fact is not accurate and the citing hearing were light on their assessment.

  3. He can count himself lucky. He has form on this as other people have said. Shane Williams noted the same thing on ITV4 highlights at weekend.

  4. If his previous indiscretions had been properly dealt with when they variously occurred then ‘consideration of the player’s previous record’ would have seen his ban increased rather than decreased!

      • Spot on Andrew and in that particular case as well as being cynical it turned the whole match – I can’t believe he got away with that one, poor reflection on match-day officials and should have been cited. Poor sportsmanship and a terrible example for others including kids.

  5. Absolute nonsense , it is amazing that Francis was not very badly injured. This was as bad as it gets , real cheap shot against a player in a very vulnerable position. Had plenty time to change the point of entry / contact.
    The Irish rugby mafia strike again, he should play no further part in Six nations and then some….

    • Agree with the first part AR15 but “Irish rugby mafia” is the sort of nonsense that Trump’s supporters used to delude themselves.

  6. His record prompted a reduction??? What??….he has a long history of cheapshotting opponents with high shoulder and elbow hits off the ball eg Hogg at Murrayfield. Ludicrous decision given the current legal scrutiny of rugby’s attitude to head injuries. His attitude to ref when penalised on Sunday was pretty disgraceful as well….almost as if he has been so indulged by Pro 14 cowardly reffing that he has a right to off the ball cheapshots.

    • Once again one rule for one and one rule for another – where is the consistency that everyone needs and expects. What was the difference between O’Mahoney taking out Hogg at Murrayfield to the extent that Hogg is injured and out of place for the Irish try that followed (completely unpunished and not reviewed by TMO) and Finn Russell tripping up Ben Youngs (straight yellow card). TMO is a powerful position these days but needs to be used with consistency.

  7. Good news but Ireland has a wealth of options in the back row so let’s not get too excited about this.

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