Reaction: Tohill "relieved" players can walk away
04 November 2011
Ireland's vice-captain Ciaran McKeever and captain Stephen Cluxton lift the Cormac McAnallen trophy ©INPHO/James Crombie
Ireland manager Anthony Tohill says he is "relieved" that he can bring home a healthy squad after today's fiery IRS second Test threatened to boil over.
Tohill's team finished 50-29 winners against Australia in the Gold Coast, winning the series comfortably 130-65 on aggregate, on a day when they never looked like conceding their 44-point from the opening Test in Melbourne last week.
However, after an intense and hard-hitting third quarter which saw three players on each side sin-binned for 10 minutes, Tohill stated that he was glad that his players were able to walk off the pitch at the Metricon Stadium.
"It's a very, very fine line. For a while tonight I thought it was going to boil over," Tohill was quoted as saying by the AFL's official website.
"I must say I'm relieved to get all my players off that pitch with no injuries. There was a time there tonight I was concerned with where that game was going.
"I'm just glad that it settled down and that we got the game finished with no injuries."
The Derry man said it was imperative that the series continued to be played in a sporting manner in order to secure its future.
"We welcome the physical side of the game. We don't get it in our own game, so we welcome it here, but it has to be within the rules," he said.