Since the Scrap in Scotstoun, both Stander and captain Peter O’Mahony have stated that they should have protected Murray more by putting a guard up on his blindside. Just the sort of hole Strauss was on the look-out for to implement the aggressive gameplan.
“If there’s no guard you’re going to look for that, you’re going to try and put pressure on the ruck as well to try and get those guards away so you can put pressure on.
The South African added: “We didn’t target anyone we just looked for kick pressure and didn’t look for anyone in particular. It’s just by chance he’s the number nine and that’s why it happened.”
Josh Strauss gets a hit on Conor Murray at Scotstoun last month. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO
Despite Munster’s victory that night, Glasgow managed to go on and qualify for the Champions Cup knockout stage and sustain the momentum building in Scotland after a commendable November in which they defeated Argentina and Georgia and fell agonisingly late to Australia. Those results, and more importantly the style of them, has combined to make Scottish rugby fans giddy with excitement and eager to hoist comparisons with the 1999 title-winners on to Vern Cotter’s current crop.