MUNSTER scrum-half Conor Murray boosted his Lions test hopes for the upcoming series with Australia when bagging a try in the easy 64-0 victory over a NSW-Queensland Country side this Tuesday.
Murray touched down in the ninth minute of the game at Hunter Stadium when he took a pass from Alex Cuthbert before diving over to score. The Lions went on to score nine tries in all with Irish stars Sean O’Brien and Brian O’Driscoll also crossing the whitewash.
Twenty four-year-old Murray was making his third appearance on the Lions tour having come on as a replacement against the Barbarians in Hong Kong and starting in the victory over Western Force.
Patrickswell man Murray now appears to be in a strong position to be included in Warren Gatland’s match day squad for the opening Test match against the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, June 22, at 11.05am Irish time. England’s Ben Youngs is the other contender to make the match day squad.
Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips, who replaced Murray in the 69th minute of the win over the Combined NSW-QLD Country side, remains favourite to start at number nine in that first Test.
The Lions play the NSW Waratahs on Saturday, then take on the Brumbies on Tuesday before the first test on Saturday week.