A man economic with his words, Donal Lenihan believes Peter O’Mahony is an "inspirational" leader within the Ireland team who simply leads by example.

The Munster flanker was named man-of-the-match in the 16-9 defeat of New Zealand, despite being assisted from the pitch in the 63rd minute after another starring role in a dominant Irish backrow.

The 29-year-old missed the victory in Chicago two years ago and lost his place in the Lions team for the victory and draw with the All Blacks last summer, but was to the fore at the Aviva Stadium and a key figure at the breakdown.

"He was the master on the day," Lenihan told Against The Head viewers. "His last action [a turnover], he was out on his feet, but still had the technique and didn’t get involved in the tackle. He was spent at that stage.

"Then you look at his lineout skills. You saw when himself and Devin Toner went off the difference that made.

"It’s just the dog in him. You either have that or you don’t. He’s just this inspirational figure. People say, does he talk a lot?

"He doesn’t, he just controls by his actions."