Wednesday 21 November 2018

Murray wary of Connacht threats

Conor Murray . Picture: Sportsfile
Conor Murray . Picture: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster scrum-half Conor Murray says the side for tonight's game needs to be wary of the double threat of Bundee Aki and Tiernan O'Halloran at the Sportsground.

Both Aki and O'Halloran will hope to make the cut for the Ireland team during next month's internationals, a platform Murray is well accustomed to at this stage of his 57-cap Ireland career.

But facing the 2016 Guinness PRO12 champions in their own patch is a real test of Munster, warns Murray.

"We would have seen a bit and noticeably their defence seems to be stronger, seems to be a lot tighter and more organised so Connacht with the ball are always a handful and they like to keep hold of the ball.

"They have players if we're any way slack in the defence or any way tired, they have guys like Bundee Aki and Tiernan who will cut you apart.

"That attack threat is always there for them but I think their defence is definitely gone up a notch from last year.

"So with a new coach you have to change the analysis and look for new threats it will be interesting and I'm looking forward to it."

Level with leaders Leicester Tigers in Pool 4 of the Champions Cup and in still well in contention in Conference A of the PRO14, Murray is confident that this could yet be a season to remember. He says it's vital that they continue to develop.

"We just want to keep building, we've been building from the start of the season integrating players into the squad and I think we're getting a few things together. We've realised that there were things, a few little issues for the last while and we've tried to iron them out. Our discipline was a little bit better this week. It can always get better.

"I think once we look after that the rest of our game is definitely coming along and is going well."

Irish Independent

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