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Munster will go for early tries in search of quarter final place

CONOR Murray (pictured during his Garryowen days) can claim that he has played in three different roles for Munster in recent outings and it is going to be interesting to see where he pops up later today during the 80 minutes in Thomond Park. He took a high ball after ghosting into a lineout a few weeks back and as well as his usual role as scrum-half, took over the duty of place-kicker last week-end against Racing 92.
“I have been practising during training so last week-end Johaan and Felix gave me the chance with a few kicks,” he told “If there is something that I can do to help the team I am happy to do it. The last kick against Racing was a bit of a pressure kick but there is always pressure in these big games.
“We seem to be always chasing a little bit in games, giving the opposition a foothold into the game early on so we need to deal with that.”
Looking back on the Racing match, Murrs said that he was frustrated after the game. “I thought we could have won it if we had taken our opportunities and at one stage we could have got a bigger lead. Otherwise we played really well so that is a positive. Had we won it we would be in a better position for the Castres game.
“For our standards our discipline is bad but it is in our hands to correct that.”
Conor also spoke on what goes on during the game when there are contentious decisions, mostly around the scrums: “You try to have chats with the referee at the breakdown and during the game asking if this or that is legal, it’s just a communication thing and you know where you stand and you can adjust.”
Johaan Graan described the game in Paris as “an amazing game of rugby and we were delighted to get the bonus point. The Champions Cup is an incredible competition and we go into the last pool games with all teams still close. I have one or two ideas how we want to play on Sunday but we need to be at our very best.
“Castres are a very good side, they have impressed over the past two week-ends and we will have to be at our very best to get a result. First we have to get the win and see how the games goes before we think of a bonus point.”

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