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March 26, 2010

Munster 27 - 19 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Thomond Park on Friday March 26th 2010 | No comments

John Barclay went over for the Glasgow try
Glasgow Warriors lost out to play-off rivals Munster in a keenly contested magners League match at Thomond Park.

The sides scored a try apiece during the first half as winger Denis Hurley crossed for the hosts and stand-in skipper John Barclay grabbed a fine breakaway effort for Glasgow.

Ronan O'Gara and Dan Parks, Scotland's hero against Ireland at Croke Park last weekend, landed three penalties each in a cagey second period, before De Villiers sealed the home win five minutes from time.

Munster made a forceful start, with Mick O'Driscoll and Donncha O'Callaghan turning Ireland's nemesis Parks over in the tackle and Paul Warwick's dinked kick almost put O'Gara and Ian Dowling through for a try.

DTH van der Merwe did well to defend a cross-field kick from O'Gara but Glasgow regained their poise, helped by a powerful set-piece that drove the hosts off their own ball at the first scrum.

O'Gara flashed a kickable penalty wide of the uprights, but Munster had something to show for their early territorial dominance when, on the quarter-hour, Hurley dotted down in the right corner.

Centres Jean De Villiers and Lifeimi Mafi did the damage, breaking through a couple of tackles before Dowling looped a long pass out for Hurley to get over past Van der Merwe.

O'Gara's touchline conversion bounced back off the left-hand post and he managed to add a penalty before Parks opened his account, bending a left-sided kick over from distance.

Munster had the advantage of an extra man when Glasgow centre Graeme Morrison was sin-binned for obstructing Dowling as he chased a 32nd-minute kick.

However, O'Gara was left looking on in horror barely a minute later as his pass on the Glasgow 22 was intercepted by Barclay and the athletic flanker powered all the way to the line, avoiding Mafi's last-gasp tackle.

That lung-bursting score, converted by Parks, left Thomond Park stunned but Munster edged back ahead for half-time as O'Gara's second penalty success left it on a knife edge at 11-10.

Glasgow survived an early second-half onslaught as the Munster forwards stepped it up a gear, and Parks punted the Scots ahead again with his second penalty.

With defences on top and Glasgow struggling to use their advantage in the scrum, Munster picked off a series of penalties - three in all from O'Gara - to move 20-13 ahead, the third coming after Glasgow replacement Kevin Tkachuk was sin-binned for a ruck offence.

Munster wobbled when flanker Niall Ronan was dispatched to the bin for a similar infringement, 13 minutes from the end, and Parks closed the gap to 20-19 with two more well-struck penalties.

But a tiring Glasgow side could produce no more and Munster put in a stronger finish, with De Villiers breaking past Max Evans on the 22 and deftly touching down in the corner, under pressure from Morrison and replacement Hefin O'Hare.

O'Gara's touchline conversion was the icing on the cake, denying the Warriors a bonus point in the process.

Referee James Jones (WRU)
Team
1
Jon Welsh
2
Dougie Hall
3
Moray Low
4
Richie Gray
5
Dan Turner
6
Kelly Brown
7
John Barclay
8
John Beattie
9
Chris Cusiter
10
Dan Parks
11
DTH van der Merwe
12
Graeme Morrison
13
Peter Murchie
14
Max Evans
15
Bernardo Stortoni
Sub
Fergus Thomson
Sub
Kevin Tkachuk
Sub
Tim Barker
Sub
Richie Vernon
Sub
Mark McMillan
Sub
Colin Gregor
Sub
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
Off On
DTH van der Merwe Hefin O'Hare
Off On
John Beattie Richie Vernon
Off On
Dougie Hall Fergus Thomson
Off On
Jon Welsh Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Richie Gray Tim Barker
Off On
Chris Cusiter Colin Gregor
Scorers
Dan Parks Penalty
John Barclay Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty

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