Sunday 25 February 2018

WATCH: Conor Murray leaves his own team-mate bloodied in an eventful performance for Lions

Conor Murray in action and (inset) a bloodied Stuart Hogg
Conor Murray in action and (inset) a bloodied Stuart Hogg

Everyone is talking about Conor Murray. The Irishman started his first game in this Lions Tour against Crusaders and turned in an exceptional performance.

The Ireland number nine did throw a couple of loose passes near the end of the first half but himself and Owen Farrell shone for most parts and look nailed on to start the first test against New Zealand on June 24.

And in the 19th minute, a stray elbow from Murray left team-mate Stuart Hogg needing needing treatment as blood flowed from his face.

While there was a dabble of criticism for those couple of passes, Twitter was full of praise for the Munster man.

Johnny Sexton also improved his chances of a start against the All Blacks with a solid performance after he was introduced on the half-hour mark following a head injury to Jonathan Davies.

Tadgh Furlong, Peter O'Mahony and Sean O'Brien all started and played well while Jack McGrath and CJ Stander were introduced as second-half substitutes.

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