Munster captain Peter O’Mahony hailed Conor Murray for his try in Saturday’s dramatic Champions Cup victory over Toulon.
The Ireland international scored what was an extremely shrewd try with ten minutes remaining in the first half at Thomond Park, seeing a knock-on in the ruck before bypassing said ruck to down the try and put the province on the scoreboard for the first time.
It was a move that received bucketloads of plaudits for his knowledge of the rulebook, and would spur Munster on in the road to the one-point victory.
Speaking after the match, O’Mahony, who was named man of the match for his own performance, praised Murray’s alertness and bravery for going for that try, as many players would not have had the ‘balls’ to do so:
“Yeah it’s a very intelligent try, we were taking the mick out of him inside that it was a handy one! But you got to be switched on for something like that and that’s the kind of player he is.
“He’s very bright, very diligent and you know, a lot of guys wouldn’t even have the balls to go and do it because there’s the potential for you to get pinged for offside as well and you have a team under the pump on their tryline and that’s the last thing you want to do but it was a very bright and intelligent try, certainly yeah.”
The win keeps Johann van Graan on course to deliver what would be an unbelievable achievement in what is still the early stages of his reign in charge of Munster. They now face the winners of Clermont and Racing, the all-French tie to be played on Sunday.