Conor Murray unlocks Australian defence with a pass straight out of heaven 1 year ago

Conor Murray unlocks Australian defence with a pass straight out of heaven

The man is a class apart.

Ireland were rocked on their heels by an early Australian try, in Melbourne, but they responded superbly. Conor Murray was in the mix, of course.

Not long after Kurtley Beale had stunned the visitors with a great running line for his try, Ireland gathered themselves and made hay when Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete was in the sin-bin.

After a rolling maul had the Aussies under pressure, Conor Murray took over and floated an absolute gem of a loop pass to Andrew Conway and it was try time.

The poise and precision of the pass under such pressure, at such a moment, was a joy to behold.

Murray was on form all the way through the first half and his efforts, along with those of turnover king Peter o'Mahony and the rampaging James Ryan were definitely appreciated.

Leading the charge, for praise, was former Ireland No.8 Jamie Heaslip. But he was not the only one...

With Will Genia going off injured, the stage was set for Murray to get his team on the front foot in a crucial Test.