Conor Murray exploited a momentary gap in the New Zealand defence late in Saturday’s second Test to bring the Lions within two points of the hosts.
The Munster man’s score was converted by Owen Farrell, himself crucial in the lead up to the try, and the sides were level. Farrell slotted a routine penalty soon after to edge his side ahead. Murray then was given the job of marching his side around the pitch with a very slender lead, knowing full well how clinical the opposition would be if they were given a chance. He controlled the final moments perfectly and nudged the ball over the line when the hooter sounded.
The 28-year-old had been quiet for most of the Test match but those final twenty minutes showed us just why many consider him to be the world’s leading scrum-half.
A not insignificant icing on the cake for Murray is this record he broke in yesterday’s early hours.
Conor Murray has now become the first northern hemisphere player ever to have scored FOUR career tries in tests against the @AllBlacks.
— Stuart Farmer (@Stu_Farmer) July 2, 2017
The Limerick native famously crossed in very similar fashion to yesterday in Chicago last November as Ireland finally claimed their maiden win against the All Blacks.
Both of Murray’s first two tries in the international game also came against the Kiwis. The first of those came in 2012 when Declan Kidney’s side ran the AB’s very close in a 22-19 defeat.
He started off the first half obliteration of the world champions in 2013 when Ireland led 19-0 inside twenty minutes. They, of course, were somehow pegged back that day but Murray’s heroics both in Chicago and yesterday in Wellington did not go to waste.