WATCH: Conor Murray leaves his own team-mate bloodied in an eventful performance for Lions
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.
Conor Murray wangs Stuart Hogg. Ouch! pic.twitter.com/OO25FqvwK1— Pat McCarry (@patmccarry) June 10, 2017
Let's hope Conor Murray's not rooming with Stuart Hogg this week. Could be awkward— Rúaidhrí O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) June 10, 2017
Conor Murray has had a cracker of a firsr half #LionsNZ2017— Shona Louise (@ShonaaLouisee_x) June 10, 2017
Enjoying #CRUvBIL this morning. Lovely rising elbow from Conor Murray. Sadly it was on Stuart Hogg :-(— Webdunk (@Webdunk) June 10, 2017
@ConorMurray_9 class act as ever and his kicking game and decision making from 9 has been superb in opening half— andrew sheridan (@radio_sheri) June 10, 2017
How good is Conor Murray— RJ Tominey (@Rosstominey) June 10, 2017
Conor Murray's passing has gone up the wall in about the last 15 minutes.— Rhys Knott (@buck_mitchell) June 10, 2017
Lions back row has been superb so far, Conor Murray running the show from 9 as well #LionsNZ2017— Fergalicious (@Jack_Fergie_19) June 10, 2017
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.