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Video: Murray can feel buzz building for ‘business time’

Conor Murray is confident the Lions are in a good place as ‘business time’ approaches on the 2017 Tour to New Zealand.

“The momentum and the buzz is growing.

The Ireland scrum half pulled the strings and kicked impeccably from hand on Saturday as the Lions secured a record 32-10 win over the Maori All Blacks on Saturday in their fifth match of the Tour.

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Next up for the tourists is Tuesday’s clash with the Chiefs in Hamilton but the first Test against the All Blacks is now less than a week away.

But after confidence-boosting wins over the Crusaders and the Maori in the last ten days, and with Lions fans rolling into New Zealand in their thousands, Murray is feeling positive.

“That was a very important win, we knew going into the game it was pretty crucial we put in a performance, and a win is important to keep building momentum.

“It was a big game, the Maori are a really good side with a few All Blacks in there, we knew it was going to be a big test of where we are at.

“And we rallied together after the loss the other day, put our heads down and managed to put in a good performance so it is another thing to build on – we are in a good place.

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“Rotorua has been filling up over the last couple of days, at night time we can hear them shouting  outside the hotel, chanting: ‘Lions, Lions!’

“It’s good, the momentum and the buzz is growing, we are in a good place with plenty to work on and it is getting close to business time which is exciting.”

Murray was also a Test Lion in 2013 – coming off the bench in the historic final victory over the Wallabies in Sydney.

Since then Murray has gone on to become a world-class operator at scrum half, helping Ireland to victory over the All Blacks last year, and the Munster man is adamant this side has the potential to be better than the 2013 squad – also coached by Warren Gatland.

“This team has the potential to be better, we are still figuring a few things out and we have a massive test in the next few weeks so we will find out at the end of that,” he added.

“But there is excitement that the potential is growing – we want to see how good we are.”

The forward pack in particular has caught the eye on Tour – and Murray is loving his armchair ride.

“It was the same last time I got a run out, they lay the platform, they make it so much easier and put you on the front foot and make the basics of your game look so much better because there is not as much pressure on you,” he added.

“A lot of credit to them – the maul, the scrum, the set-piece was really good and that is something we have to keep building on.”

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