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October 04, 2003

Glasgow Warriors 18 - 14 Munster

Celtic Cup match played at Hughenden on Friday October 3rd 2003 | No comments

Man of the Match Dan Parks helped Glasgow to a great victory over the Celtic League champions.
Glasgow pulled off a major upset by reaching the semi-finals of the Celtic Cup at the expense of Munster at Hughenden on Friday night.

The Scots produced one of their best-ever displays to hold out in the face of a late onslaught from last year's Celtic League champions.

Having weathered an early storm, a Munster counter-attack produced the opening score - a series of thrusts gained the visitors ground before prop Simon Kerr made the decisive burst to plunge over the line for a try, which Jeremy Staunton converted.

Glasgow had Gareth Maclure sin-binned for dissent, but on his return to the field, he almost brought his side back into the game as he took a pass from back row Paul Dearlove, who had charged 40 metres from a scrum on halfway, only for the ball to spill from Maclure's grasp just inches short of the try line.

Munster's Staunton then missed two kickable penalties before Glasgow finally got off the mark in 34 minutes when winger Rory Kerr showed superb presence of mind and agility to touch down over his own head after being tackled a metre short.

Australian fly-half Dan Parks levelled the scores with the conversion before kicking Glasgow into the lead on the stroke of half-time after Munster full-back Dominic Crotty was penalised for failing to release.

The astute place-kicking of Parks was instumental in the turn-around and there was further pressure from Glasgow on the restart, with both captain Cammy Mather and winger Dave Millard going close to extending the lead.

They did go further ahead when Kerr's pass allowed Dearlove to breeze over and despite missing the conversion, Parks extended Glasgow's lead to 18-7 with a penalty soon after.

An enthralling contest took another twist when Mike Mullins' try, converted by Staunton, reduced the deficit to four points, but Glasgow held on for a momentous victory.

Report from BBC Rugby.

Referee H Watkins (WAL)
Attendance 2,942
Man of the Match Dan Parks
Team
1
Matt Proudfoot
2
Simon Gunn
3
Lee Harrison
4
Andy Hall
5
Nathan Ross
6
Cammy Mather
7
Donnie Macfadyen
8
Paul Dearlove
9
Kenny Sinclair
10
Dan Parks
11
Dave Millard
12
Alan Bulloch
13
Gareth Maclure
14
Rory Kerr
15
Stuart Moffat
Sub
Euan Murray
Sub
Richie McKnight
Sub
Roly Reid
Sub
Scott Lawson
Sub
Sean Lamont
Sub
Calvin Howarth
Sub
Joe Beardshaw
Match Substitutions
Off On
Matt Proudfoot Euan Murray
Off On
Simon Gunn Scott Lawson
Off On
Dave Millard Sean Lamont
Off On
Nathan Ross Joe Beardshaw
Scorers
Rory Kerr Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Paul Dearlove Try 
Dan Parks Penalty
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