Zebo says Carbery showed his mental strength at Murrayfield

Zebo says Carbery showed his mental strength at Murrayfield
Joey Carbery in action against Greig Laidlaw. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

SIMION Zebo has hailed the 'mental toughness' of Joey Carbery after steering Ireland to victory against Scotland last weekend.

The former Munster ace was impressed with how Carbery handled the pressure after making an early mistake when coming in to replace the injured Johnny Sexton at Murrayfield.

“It showed his mental toughness to be able to come back and perform so well in a hostile environment like Murrayfield. Obviously, it wouldn't have done much for his confidence [conceding the try to Scotland] but to bounce back like that showed great resilience. He's a great player and he's got the mental strength to back it up.” 

Sexton endured some hard hits against the Scots but the Corkman believes it comes with the territory of being a star player at the elite level.

“Johnny plays on the line and some teams when they're playing against him, it's probably on the edge as well. That's just the way it is. It's test footy,” the Paddy Power Rugby Ambassador said.

Leesider Peter O'Mahoney was the official man of the match but the home supporters weren't impressed by his ferocious tackle on Stuart Hogg.

“For Peter, it was a close one. I wasn't sure which way I was swinging on it, but in the heat of the moment they're tough decisions to make.

“It worked out well for Ireland and it probably affected Scotland a little bit, but I think regardless of whether Hoggy is on the pitch or not Ireland were going to win.” 

Greig Laidlaw was disappointed after with the refereeing of Romain Poite.

“I thought one of two decisions didn't go Scotland's way that could've, but at this level you rely on your performance. If you're relying on referees to make decisions or see the small, minute things in a match for you to win, then you're not playing the right way.”

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