Incredible Johnny Sexton Fact That Makes His Scotland Performance Even More Admirable
Johnny Sexton was once again instrumental as Ireland secured a bonus-point win over Scotland on Saturday, clinching the 2018 Six Nations Championship with a round to spare in the process.
The Ireland playmaker has been in fine form this season, with his drop goal on the opening day both saving, and kickstarting Ireland’s campaign. For the first time in a number of years, Sexton has managed to his his body right and start every Six Nations game so far. Or has he?
Turns out Sexton has been nursing a bit of a back problem in recent weeks, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking to the field. We saw him down in the captain’s run ahead of the Wales game a few weeks back, and now it turns out he still wasn’t right leading up to the Scotland game.
Following the win Sexton joined head coach Joe Schmidt for the post-match press conference. In it he confirmed that he hardly trained last week due to ongoing back spasms.
“I could have spent a bit more time on the [training] pitch. I took only a limited time on Tuesday. So I contributed to a little of that confusion [with Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose]. Hopefully we can fix that next week.”
Hearing this makes his performance all the more admirable. He even made our Six Nations Team of the Week. Now wrap him in bubble wrap and get that back sorted ahead of this weekend.
You’ve got a Grand Slam to win Johnny.