Munster scrum-half Conor Murray looks set to be in for a difficult time when he lines out for Ireland against Scotland on Saturday in their Six Nations opener.
The 27-year-old was on the receiving end of some strong and arguably late tackles when Munster took on Glasgow in the Champions Cup clash in Scotstoun Stadium last month.
Consistently targeted at the back of the ruck, Murray was highly critical of Glasgow’s offensive against him. Speaking in the days following the game, the scrum-half didn’t mince his words.
“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.”
Murray’s accusations were rejected by Glasgow, and now Greig Laidlaw, Scotland’s scrum-half, has delivered a stern warning to the Irishman ahead of their clash on Saturday.
Reported by Planet Rugby, the Glasgow No. 9 insisted they were firm but fair in their treatment of the Munster man.
“Glasgow did everything within the rules of the game. As a nine you are always going to get teams putting pressure on you.
“In that game, Glasgow got a chargedown on him, but they were trying to get the ball back – they weren’t trying to deliberately injure the player.
“Will we be putting pressure on him? For sure we will. He’s not going to come to Murrayfield and get an armchair ride.
“We need to do that to every Irish player but we can expect the same back, I’m sure.”
For both Ireland and Scotland, Saturday’s championship opener is a must win contest if either wish to entertain notions of winning the title this year.
With England installed as favourites to retain the trophy they won so emphatically last year, losing early ground on day one is all but a nail in the coffin of any lofty aspirations.
Kick-off in Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday is at 2:25pm.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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