- Nov 5, 2017
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I remember when Sexton started to replace ROG and came under a lot of criticism in his first year or so as he used to make silly mistakes. Matured well though and I think the whole cop out of being in a good team is hardly fair as the same could be said of pretty much everyone who has won the award.
He was put under a ridiculous amount of pressure by what was at the time a strongly pro-Munster media and tended to try too hard in green as a result. Dropping him for O'Gara in the 2011 World Cup was easily the most brainless of Declan Kidney's many mistakes. It was only after O'Gara fell away and he didn't have to justify his selection to a massively partisan fanbase every week that he settled down and started to boss games in the way he'd been doing for Leinster for years.
There's still a Facebook account called 'Johnny Sexton will never be as good as Ronan O'Gara' that was active the last time I saw it, the highlight was it slagging him off about 20 minutes before he kicked the winning drop goal in Paris.