Former Munster and Ireland hard man Alan Quinlan and labelled Glasgow’s tactics against Conor Murray during their crucial Champions Cup clash on Saturday as ‘cynical and dangerous’.
Munster emerged from Scotstoun Stadium with a 14-12 victory over Glasgow following a late try by Francis Saili which sealed their place in the final eight of the European competition.
The game was largely dictated by the home side using a clear tactic of pressurising Munster possession and making life hard for Murray at the back of the ruck.
While it is common for teams to single out an opposing side’s key players, Quinlan believes Glasgow took things too far with Murray. Writing in his column for the Irish Independent on Monday, Quinlan seethes,
“First and foremost, the treatment Conor Murray received from the Glasgow players throughout Saturday’s game was an absolute disgrace.
“I’ve no problem putting pressure on opposition players but trying to target someone with clear intent is a different story.
“What Glasgow were trying to do to Murray was cynical and, ultimately, dangerous.
Murray shipped a number of big hits during the game, most notably from Jonny Gray, Josh Strauss and Tim Swinson and Quinlan, who is no stranger to an excessive tackle himself, was scathing in his assessment of the Warriors’ attempts to take Murray out of the game.
“You could see the intention.
“Trying to block the ball down is one thing but targeting a player’s standing foot is just not on.”
Luckily the Ireland scrum-half escaped with little more than a headache and despite there being questions from the EPCR (European Professional Club Rugby) governing body over Munster’s handling of Murray following a strong tackle late on in the game, there is no indication that the 27-year-old won’t be fit and ready for the visit or Racing 92 next weekend.
While the match officials deemed the challenges on Murray to be fair, there is enough evidence to suggest that perhaps Quinlan has a point.
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