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Defence coach Taylor plays down Murray treatment

 

By Cian Tracey

Scotland will target Conor Murray as they look to nullify the threat of the Ireland scrum-half, but they have insisted that they will do so within the laws of the game.

Murray was incensed when Glasgow appeared to target his standing leg during Munster's Champions Cup win in January of last year.

The 28-year old claimed that the tactic was "dangerous".

Glasgow, however, always claimed their innocence and were never found guilty of any wrong-doing.

Gregor Townsend was the Glasgow coach that time, and now as he comes face-to-face with Murray again, there have been fears that Scotland may adopt a similar ploy.

However, their defence coach Matt Taylor, who was also Townsend's assistant at Glasgow is adamant that they will not break the rules in attempting to lessen Murray's influence.

"I think their 9 and 10 are the best two players in the Ireland team," Taylor said.

"For us to be successful against them, we have to put them under pressure. That means charge-downs. That's what we're going to do. We'll do it within the law, like we've always done.

"I think there was a lot made of it when there was not much in it."

Ireland are likely to point the issue out to today's referee Wayne Barnes, who is sure to be monitoring Scotland's tactics.

While Taylor admitted that Ireland's game-plan was effective, he appeared to echo Warren Gatland's sentiments that Schmidt's side are one-dimensional. Schmidt has been angered by that suggestion in recent weeks and Taylor added fuel to the fire by saying: "I think, for me, Ireland are ruthlessly efficient and they're very good at their game-plan.

"They've been under Joe Schmidt for a number of years and they're pretty confident with how they play."

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