Murray drawing on Ireland grit

British & Irish Lions scrum-half Conor Murray is confident Ireland are ready to bounce back against Scotland on Saturday, having been impressed with the grit shown by his side in camp. [more]

Murray drawing on Ireland grit

British & Irish Lions scrum-half Conor Murray is confident Ireland are ready to bounce back against Scotland on Saturday, having been impressed with the grit shown by his side in camp.

Ireland slipped to their first defeat in 11 matches due to a stunning defensive display by Wales last weekend but remain in the mix for the Championship should they prevail against Scotland.

Murray, who appeared in the last two Tests of the Lions’ 2-1 series win over Australia in 2013, admits his players are desperate to make amends for the errors of their last performance.

And the 25-year-old believes the intensity of Ireland’s training sessions this week will stand them in good stead for a vital game at Murrayfield.

“There definitely is a desperation among the players to right the wrongs of last week,” he said.

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“The mood in camp has been like that all week and there’s been a bit of bite to training, which usually is a good sign following a defeat.

“As a group of players we were disappointed with the way we started the game against Wales as we were 12 points down after 12 minutes and made it really difficult for ourselves.

“But we still have a chance and we know that so we’ve shaken ourselves off and attacked training this week with a real bit of positivity.

“We know that if we get out there and put a performance together to get a good result then there is a potential that we have a chance in this Championship.”

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