Publicado: Mier, Noviembre 14, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Sexton backs Murray missing All Blacks match | State National Sports

Sexton backs Murray missing All Blacks match | State National Sports

Kieran Marmion appears to be in pole position to get the nod after his try-scoring performance against Argentina, with Schmidt labelling him as his man of the match, but there is a lot to be said for the continuity of a Sexton-Luke McGrath half-back pairing.

"We've had it on our radar for a while, definitely".

In fact, the Ireland out-half has played them 11 times in his career, eight for Ireland and three for the British and Irish Lions.

"We want to make the most of it and see where we are really".

"He'd be a loss for a lot of the teams in the world and he'll be a loss for us this week".

The 33-year-old flyhalf - who orchestrated Ireland's historic victory over the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016 - believes if they seized their chance they could claim they are the number one team in the world.

With another Lions tourist Sean O'Brien facing a serious stint on the sidelines with a broken arm, the world's number two ranked side will be far from full strength for the test. You get to play against these guys...

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"In Pretoria, when they came from behind, (the Springboks) are on New Zealand's line, they're 12 points up with 10 minutes to go and you think 'Game over.' They turn it over, go the length of the pitch and score".

"I've never played against a team that would capitalise on a look through the Rugby Championship - the amount of times you think Australia and South Africa have them under the pump and next thing they're underneath their own posts".

"I am not saying that to cause any stirring", Hansen added. "They don't come along all that often with the way the seasons are structured now", he said.

After conducting their video review session at the Kildare base this morning, Schmidt's Ireland will return to the training paddock this afternoon as they gear up for the much-anticipated Test against Steve Hansen's side [KO 7pm, RTÉ2, Channel 4].

"I've never played against a team that would capitalise on a mistake like they do", he said.

"Conor Murray is a real competitor so if he says he's right to play he'll be right to play". That's a massive lead.

"So we'll have a great plan, we'll have some experiences of what's worked against them in the past, what hasn't worked and where they are the most unsafe but then you've got to go out and implement it. It changed the whole complexion of the game".

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