It Turns Out Conor Murray’s Charge-Down Was Anything But A Fluke

Details, details, details.

It took over 60 minutes to break the deadlock this evening as Munster took on Racing 92 in round 2 of the European Champions Cup at Thomond Park.

The Lions scrumhalf charged down a kick from opposite number Maxime Machenaud off the back of a scrum in the 61st minute, before racing through to open the scoring and send Munster on their way to a vital win.

It turns out that charge-down was premeditated. Rassie Erasmus told us after the game that it’s something the players planned at half-time, having gotten close on a number of occasions in the first-half.

“At half-time, the boys in the changing room said, ‘Listen, we’re going to score from a charge-down’. That’s exactly what the guys said.” Erasmus said
“We’d been so close in the first half, to charging the ball down every single time. We were just missing by our fingertips. The actual call on defence was that we were going to score with a charge-down.”

Ian Keatley also spoke about it after the game, and he gave all the credit to Rassie Erasmus.

“It’s funny, because Rassie said it to us at half-time – we are literally a foot away from blocking down one of them. We nearly got a block on Dan Carter in the first half, and the same on Machenaud. It was literally the 60th minute when Conor got the block and we said it after – ‘Rassie said that at half-time!’

It’s all in the details.

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