Conor Murray's god-like status is the talk of every sports reporter today 3 years ago

Conor Murray's god-like status is the talk of every sports reporter today

The All Blacks do not lose very often - but when they do Conor Murray plays a part.

The Munster and Ireland scrum-half is the best scrum-half in the world - some may have stumped for Aaron Smith before Saturday morning's epic 24-21 second Test victory.

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Some may have been wrong, but they know now.

The Limerick man is the complete number 9 and to prove it he showed a step and a swerve to score the decisive try in Wellington's Cake Tin.

But that was just the icing on the cake of a superb 80 minutes, where the 28-year-old set the tempo and kept his head even as his Lions team-mates were losing their head and giving Jerome Garces a whistling workout.

He kicked magnificently, he passed accurately and, after being a little sluggish to some rucks in Eden Park, he was where he had to be for 80 minutes of an intense battle.

In the final 20 minutes the scrum-half took control of a game that seemed to be going against the tourists.

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Just as he did in Chicago. when Ireland famously ended the All Blacks' 18-game unbeaten run, Conor Murray was the scourge of New Zealand.

Now the whole world knows that Conor Murray is the real deal.

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Roll on Auckland next Saturday!