September 04, 2009
Glasgow Warriors 22 - 9 Munster
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Friday September 4th 2009 | 4 comments
Ruaridh Jackson scored Glasgow's try after great work from Graeme Morrison Glasgow Warriors stunned the Magners League champions at Firhill on the opening day of their season with a 22-9 win.
This looked a tough fixture for Sean Lineen's men but they were full of confidence after last week's final warm-up win against Guinness Premiership Wasps.
However, the victory was based on stoic early defence, who were forced into massive hits on Doug Howlett, Lifeimi Mafi and Jeremy Manning to keep the line intact.
With seven minutes gone, Glasgow got into a mess behind their line and from the scrum, Munster won the penalty for Manning to open the Munster account.
Glasgow hit back and Thom Evans and Bernie Stortoni sliced through the Munster defence, forcing the penalty which Dan Parks slotted to level the scores.
The home side were getting the better of the Munster pack, with Graeme Morrison carving great holes in the midfield.
The pressure told as Parks goaled two further penalties to extend Glasgow's lead to 9-3 - only for a final surge by the home pack on a Chris Cusiter break in injury-time to bring penalty number four, which Parks kicked to take Glasgow in 12-3 ahead at half-time.
Glasgow piled the pressure on after the break, rookie prop John Welsh had the crowd roaring with a scorching run down the wing but Munster held out then worked back to Glasgow territory for Manning to kick his second penalty on 55 minutes.
Number three followed seven minutes later, only for Parks to hold his nerve and restore the margin with 12 minutes left with penalty number five.
Eight minutes from the end came the moment the crowd had been waiting for - a try.
Stortoni ran back a loose kick then linked for Morrison to blast through to five yards from the line to put Ruaridh Jackson, who had been on the field for two minutes, over. The young stand-off was injured in the act of scoring and left the field with a suspected dislocated shoulder.
Mark McMillan converted from wide out and Glasgow ran the clock down to collect a huge morale boosting win.
Hope the crowd won't be lower than tonight and even increase all along the season.
Suoer. Smashing. Great.
What a transformation in the pack from last season. The fringes of the breakdown are a no-go area for the opposition now, excellent mauling and do I even need to say anything about the scrum? Sure Buckley and Horan are generally useless scrummagers but the punishment handed out was enjoyable in the extreme to watch.
On the last two games evidence Welsh and Murchie are both excellent finds by Lineen. Optimism overflows for the season ahead.
The only negatives were Dewey not getting into the game, Thom running on a couple of occasions where he should have kicked and, like against Wasps, we were turned over too much for my liking.
What a game! Cussiter was just brilliant and tough as nails. Fortunate really as he needed to be, he was getting singled out for most of the game.
I thought Parks took a backward step from last week tho. He needs to tighten up his game, he seemed harder last week putting in big hits but he seemed to shy away again slightly tonight.
Bernie and Merchie were smashing too. There's something about watching Stortoni play that really likeable. He just such an honest, hard worker and can shake off blows that'd have bigger men rolling.
Man of the match has to be Welsh however. Where did this guy come from?! Are there anymore of them lurking under that bridge?
Scotland Front Row:-
Guys lets not get too carried away.I am munster Man by the grace of God, and when we get going this season were going to knock shit out of every team in magners and Heineken cup.We will lift the heineken Cup in France,and show the western world what Irish Rugby has in store for the future.Be afraid be very afraid of the mighty red army led by the Lion King,the great army will come again.
PS Next time we might send the Team.
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