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January 08, 2011

Munster 22 - 20 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Musgrave Park on Saturday January 8th 2011 | 2 comments

DTH van der Merwe went over for Glasgow's second try
Glasgow went close at Musgrave Park but were edged out 22-20 by Munster in tonight's Magners League match.

Ronan O'Gara came to Munster's rescue as his 76th minute penalty denied the Warriors the four points.

Glasgow outscored the Magners League leaders by two tries to one, and Ruaridh Jackson's drop goal gave them a 20-19 lead inside the final quarter.

But the Scots had Bernardo Stortoni sin-binned as Munster pummelled the visitors' try-line, and O'Gara mopped up with the match-winning penalty.

Jackson's seventh-minute penalty opened the scoring after O'Gara had a kick charged down and John Hayes was pinged for not rolling away after a tackle.

Munster, who brought Denis Hurley in for the injured Doug Howlett (calf), mounted a swift response.

Paul Warwick attacked with vigour and his kick forward was deflected into the path of Johne Murphy, who was brought to ground close to the Glasgow posts. Richie Gray killed the ball at the ensuing ruck and was promptly yellow carded.

O'Gara tapped over the penalty to level the tie, but Munster could not make use of their numerical advantage.

Jackson missed a kickable penalty from the left, before Munster's forwards began to exert more influence on the half hour, and it took a terrific turnover from Ryan Grant to release the pressure.

Munster's frustration grew as infringements in the scrum and at the breakdown cost them valuable possession and territory, and Glasgow caught them off guard in the 37th minute.

Max Evans broke out of a double tackle near the Munster 22 and although Warwick caught up with him, his well-weighted pass inside was carried on by scrum half Colin Gregor whose fast feet saw him glide in behind the posts for a converted try.

On the stroke of half-time, Munster were pressing for a score when Keith Earls was very harshly sin-binned for not coming through the gate at a ruck.

Munster had got on the wrong side of referee James Jones in the opening half, but they quickly turned the 10-3 interval deficit around.

They stormed out of the blocks for the second half, with O'Gara landing a quick hat-trick of penalties. Referee Jones did little to help the game's flow, drawing the ire of the crowd on a number of occasions.

But he did well to spot Wallace's grounding for his 62nd minute try, following a series of close range surges from his fellow forwards. O'Gara's conversion gave Munster some breathing space at 19-10.

However, Glasgow, hunting for their first away win of the season, had other ideas. Jackson was involved twice and Evans did brilliantly to pass out of the tackle, before the former unleashed DTH van der Merwe for a 65th score.

Gregor stepped in to add the conversion and three minutes later, Jackson followed up with a tidy drop goal. A repeat of the Warriors' 2008 win at this venue was on the cards.

Yet Munster had time on their side and although their try-scoring attempts were thwarted - Stortoni saw yellow for deliberating knocking on, with the hosts about to convert an overlap - O'Gara landed his sixth successful kick from six attempts to keep his side on the winning trail.

The win keeps Munster nine points clear at the top of the table, while Glasgow, who watched Jackson miss a late, long range drop goal, slip to tenth.

Referee J Jones (WRU)
Attendance
Team
1
Ryan Grant
2
Dougie Hall
3
Moray Low
4
Richie Gray
5
Alastair Kellock
6
Robert Harley
7
John Barclay
8
John Beattie
9
Colin Gregor
10
Ruaridh Jackson
11
DTH van der Merwe
12
Peter Murchie
13
Max Evans
14
Alex Dunbar
15
Bernardo Stortoni
Sub
Pat MacArthur
Sub
Kevin Tkachuk
Sub
Jon Welsh
Sub
Aly Muldowney
Sub
Ryan Wilson
Sub
Henry Pyrgos
Sub
Dave McCall
Sub
Peter Horne
Match Substitutions
Off On
Peter Murchie Peter Horne
Off On
Ryan Grant Jon Welsh
Off On
Alex Dunbar Dave McCall
Off On
Dougie Hall Pat MacArthur
Off On
Moray Low Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
John Beattie Ryan Wilson
Scorers
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Colin Gregor Try 
Ruaridh Jackson Conversion
DTH van der Merwe Try 
Colin Gregor Conversion
Ruaridh Jackson Drop
Posted by kieran magennis on January 9, 2011 01:57 PM | Reply to this comment

As a neutral (Leinster) viewer I thought Warriors were very unlucky not to win this match.

If there was a rule where the 'benefit ouf the doubt' for the attacking team was such that the ball does not have to be seen to have been touched down, then I would be all in favour of it.

But there isn't, so the Munster try should definitely not have been awarded.

The referee's shoot-from-the hip approach to Warriors from the start of the second half was obviously to atone unpopular decisions against munster in the first half. Some penalties seemed harsh to say the least.

Maybe if ref's whistles made a silly noise they would not blow them so often?

The sending off - the official's might have had a better view than we hand on TV, but that lokked lik a legimate take to me where the ball just flew out?

Anyway, keep up the good work Warriors!

Posted by Hugues on January 9, 2011 05:19 PM | Reply to this comment

You are absolutely right.
The yellow card against Stortoni was shocking!
The touch judge is not a pro or biased, it was so obvious that Stortoni was coming for the tackle and did not have a look at the ball.
Munster defence was more than OFF SITE for the final actions of the game, the touch judge should inform the main ref on the pitch.
Disapointing result, but Glasgow played some brilliant Rugby.

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