Murray magic has Munster’s Penney in awe

A 27-minute cameo off the bench was all it took for Conor Murray to leave a lasting impression on Munster coach Rob Penney. [more]

Murray magic has Munster’s Penney in awe

A 27-minute cameo off the bench was all it took for Conor Murray to leave a lasting impression on Munster coach Rob Penney.

The scrum-half made his first PRO12 appearance of the season on Saturday against arch-rivals Leinster at Thomond Park, coming on as a replacement to see his side over the line in a 19-15 victory.

It was Murray’s first competitive game of rugby since helping the British & Irish Lions to a first series win in 16 years in the summer.

And although Penney had the luxury of calling upon Murray last season, the Munster head coach believes the 24-year-old has gone up a notch or two following his Lions success. 

“Jeez, he looks fantastic doesn’t he? How good is that kid?,” Penney told the Irish Examiner.

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“He can be the best in the world, if he’s not already, he’s not that far away. He’s a bit of a genius. 

“Coming off the back of having no football really, and having a 20-minute cameo like he did, superb.

“If you talk to him it [the Lions tour] was an eye opener for him but the kudos he got for running ahead of a couple of guys (Mike Phillips and Ben Youngs) with probably higher profiles and doing a great job on that tour against probably the best nine in the world, (Will) Genia.

“I think he did a sterling job with the way he played against him. And I think he knew I noticed how good he is and he ain’t the finished product yet.” 

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