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More Than A Moment – Ireland’s Sportsman Of The Month Is Johnny Sexton

Johnny Sexton is the recipient of Ireland’s Sportsman of the Month Award for February.

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It’s been five weeks since Johnny Sexton kicked that last-gasp, dramatic drop-goal to ensure that Ireland left Paris with an opening round win over France.

Momentum in ‘Rugby’s Greatest Championship’ is a crucial thing, if you have it then your chances of securing a Triple Crown, a championship or even a Grand Slam are all that more likely. Throughout February, Ireland have won three games from three after beating France, Italy and Wales and they are still in the hunt for those aforementioned accolades.

Throughout all of this, Sexton has played a vital and almost indispensable role in Ireland’s performances thus far. Even against Wales, where Sexton missed two penalties and two conversions, his performance with ball in hand, his ability to kick territory and his link-up play with the rest of the Irish backline was incredible.

The 32-year-old has long been regarded as one of the best out-halves in the world and the moment where he was able to land that drop-goal from such a distance and in very difficult conditions is a timely reminder of his world-class ability.

However, perhaps it is even more impressive that Sexton was able to produce such a vital performance in the game against Wales despite his sub-par accuracy from the tee. As we have seen so many times in the past, a player’s confidence, especially an out-half, can diminish if they are inaccurate in front of goal, however, Sexton was still able to excel in all other facets of his game even though his confidence must have taken a hit.

This is one of the aspects which separates a good player from a great player and it was all too evident against Wales in Dublin two weeks ago as Sexton helped ensure that Ireland’s Grand Slam dream lives on.

In partnership with Pundit Arena, FFS spoke exclusively to Johnny Sexton about the opening three matches of the Six Nations and that magic moment in Paris. Check back soon to hear what he had to say. 

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Ireland’s Sportsman of the Month was selected by a panel of experts including:

Elaine Buckley (Fair Game)

Rob Hartnett (Sport for Business)

Sharon Hutchinson (Sportswomen.ie)

John Murphy (Pundit Arena)

Emmett Ryan (Sunday Business Post)

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter