September 24, 2010
Glasgow Warriors 29 - 43 Munster
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Friday September 24th 2010 | 7 comments
DTH van der Merwe grabbed Glasgow's opening try Leaders Munster fought back from nine points down at half-time to beat a battling Glasgow in Friday's Magners League clash at Firhill.
The home side made undefeated Munster work for their bonus-point win, but once the Irish outfit nosed ahead with a two-try blitz early in the second half there was an inevitability about the result.
Munster had taken a first-half lead thanks to tries from Dennis Leamy and Johne Murphy but it was the second-half scores from Niall Ronan and Murphy again that broke the home resistance. Ronan O'Gara's boot was responsible for 23 points.
Glasgow had taken a first-half lead thanks to contrasting but well-worked tries from winger DTH van der Merwe and scrum-half Colin Gregor plus five penalties and two conversions on his debut from teenager Duncan Weir.
Stand-off Weir, 19, had three penalty chances in the first seven minutes to get his Glasgow career off to a good start.
They were all from the same area of the pitch, however he could manage only the third to give Glasgow an early lead.
An open but scrappy game developed with plenty of further penalties.
O'Gara and Weir each missed before Glasgow conjured up the first try of the night after 18 minutes.
With play taken to the visitors' line on the left, Weir hoisted a cross-kick that was knocked down by Bernardo Stortoni to Van der Merwe who touched down. Weir converted from by the touchline.
Four minutes later Leinster registered their first try. Driving from a line-out, prop Tony Buckley got very close for number eight and captain Denis Leamy to finish off and O'Gara to kick the simple conversion.
With O'Gara and Weir exchanging a penalty each, the score stood at 16-10 when the Munster.pack at last got into gear.
Working their way into the home 22, the ball was released left and winger Murphy skidded over through a half tackle for the try that O'Gara converted to put Munster a point ahead.
However the lead was short-lived and Glasgow went in leading 26-17. A clever Weir kick produced a penalty that he successfully booted.
One penalty too many saw Donncha O'Callaghan sin-binned, allowing the Glasgow pack to put on pressure with Gregor darting over and Weir converting.
Munster found another gear after half-time and within 10 minutes not only were they back ahead but they had the try bonus point.
Firstly Leamy picked up from a close-in scrum and sent in flanker Niall Ronan for a textbook score.
O'Gara converted that one and set up the next try for Murphy with a perfect side-footed kick, and again converted to put Munster 31-26 up.
That was a winning position they were to comfortably maintain with O'Gara nudging over four more penalties against one from Weir.
Glasgow coach Sean Lineen was left to contemplate what could have been.
"I can't fault the effort," he said. "But we have to cut out the errors and stop giving the opposition easy points. I was proud of what the boys did in the first half, they worked hard and they knew that the second half was going to be tough. We made a couple of silly errors, they got field position, score!"
He added: "Individual mistakes cost us heavily. It was quite obvious where it went wrong. In the first half I was really proud of the way they played but we still gifted them a couple of easy tries.
"We did a lot of good things in the game but that's incredibly frustrating after all the hard work done. Having played well for 20 minutes of our previous matches this season we played well for a half, so it's getting longer."
gr8 1st half guys, what happened in the 2nd - posted missing for lumps of the game. Can see gr8 potential in this team.
The team had been playing with an engine like a Rolls Royce with Chris Cusiter and Dan Parks purring along. With all due respect to the present encumbents the engine at the moment is stuttering like an old Ford Escort. I agree with you russ, great potential,just need some time.
I know not strictly the place for such a request, however does anyone have a spare team sheet from the Connacht game, or a scanned copy, or photocopy they could send me. Arrived late at the game and didn't manage to get one. If so my email address is stevenbrotchie.com.
The email address should have been stevenbrotchie.com
It may be the way the posts are moderated as the tail end of the email address keeps being deleted. My apologies for making a pigs ear of this. If anybody can help me out and find away of me being able to send my contact details I would be most grateful.
Yeah we miss Parks and Cusiter - but they're not reason the back row is misfiring - we really miss Kelly and Beattie. Rucking looks really weak and support play not fast and close enough. We were outmuscled once Munster decided that the ref didnt like their play at the breakdown and started playing hard rather than playing illegally. Also missing big Al's leadership.
Dunky is only 19 - and is bound to make mistakes - like the two kicks out on the full that led up to tries - but most if not all of Munster's tries came directly from our mistakes - some from older heads than Weir. If we can iron these things out and give Weir/Jackson and Budgie/Pyrgos a good platform then this team has potential - i think Weir has the look of a really good 10 - huge boot, good distribution and not a weak link in the defensive line.
We are asking a lot of these guys. We had six guys under 21 on the pitch on Friday night - Weir, Gray, Harley, Pyrgos, Wilson and Horne. In normal times if you launch one of these guys into a game & he doesn't look out of his depth you're delighted. Now we're talking about a 19 year old fly half playing 50 minutes against the best team in Europe, scoring a whack of points, and keeping our noses in front for 40 minutes, and people saying he had a 'mixed bag' of a game. Come on! The potential is huge and we should be really excited about it!
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