Conor Murray tackled by Josh Strauss last weekend. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO
CONOR MURRAY HAS turned the heat ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Scotland by claiming that Glasgow Warriors deliberately targeted him last weekend.
And the Irish scrum-half said he is lucky not to have suffered a serious injury after, he says, Glasgow targeted his standing leg any time he kicked the ball.
The 27-year old said he has no problem with ‘being rattled’ in matches but is angry that Glasgow Warriors seemed to target his standing leg each time, and he alleged that it wasn’t the first time this had happened with the Scottish club.
His comments are sure to crank up the tension ahead of the opening game of the RBS Six Nations between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in just over two weeks, not least as Glasgow Warriors started with 15 Scottish internationals in last Saturday’s 14-12 loss to Munster.
Murray made no effort to hide his anger with Glasgow’s tactics when he spoke at a media briefing in UL yesterday.
“I’m properly p*ssed off about that. I don’t see any benefit in charging down someone’s standing leg. I only see it as a danger or as a potential to get injured.
“I don’t think it’s a good tactic. You could put another label on that type of tactic, but they did it to us at Thomond Park, they got our scrum-half Te (Aihe Toma) with it in the league game and they almost got me a couple of times.
“So, luckily my leg came out of the ground and I managed to fall over, but if my leg stayed in the ground — especially in that surface — you’re looking at syndesmosis, you’re looking at cruciate (ligament).
“I’m not blaming the players. I don’t know who told them to do it but it’s dangerous. It’s very dangerous and thankfully I didn’t get injured but if I had have been injured I would have been going on more of a rant.”
Conor Murray at yesterday’s Munster press conference. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO
Murray said he had no problem with teams targeting him or any other player but he said he had not encountered another team aiming for the standing leg in that manner.
“No they’re the only team I’ve across that did it. I just can’t see a way of that being legal or any way that could lead to a charge down or a tackle.
“The ball is long gone from my hands and I just think it’s really dangerous and it will end up with someone getting properly injured by it.
“It could be a cruciate and you’re out for six to nine months and from an attempted ‘charge down’?
“I’ve no problem with teams going after you in a different way like happened in the game, but that type of tackle I just don’t think it’s fair. It’s not safe.”