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October 22, 2016

Munster 38 - 17 Glasgow Warriors

Champions Cup match played at Thomond Park on Saturday October 22nd 2016 | No comments

Pat MacArthur got Glasgow over for a try
Warriors couldn't back-up their winning start to the Champions Cup as they went down to Munster at an emotionally charged Thomond Park this afternoon.

The match was played in a cauldron of emotion, with it being the first Munster have played since their head coach Anthony Foley passed away suddenly last weekend.

Munster scored five tries to secure a bonus-point win and Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend says they'll need to look at what went wrong so they don't make the same mistakes again.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, he said: "I thought Munster were outstanding today. They played with real passion, they defended very well, were organised in attack and showed determination in every aspect of their game.

"Today's match was a fantastic tribute to Anthony Foley. I thought the build-up and atmosphere was great and his players played very well for him.

"Unfortunately, we didn't turn up as a team. There were a few players who worked very hard, but if you don't turn up as a fifteen in places like this against an inspired team then you're going to lose and today we lost heavily.

"It's a real disappointment given how well we played last week, but we'll have a good look at the reasons for that.

"Part of our issues were focus and work-rate, which are more of the mental side of the game and we'll have to look at how we can prepare for a game which has a different build-up."

The Warriors are back in GUINNESS PRO12 action on Friday night, when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Scotstoun and Townsend says it's important they prepare well next week to get back on track.

He added: "We know we're better than our performance today. We've shown that over the last few years and the last few weeks that we're better than that and we'll need to bounce back next week.

"The Champions Cup is over for a few weeks and we'll have two really tough games in December against Racing 92.

"Our focus is now on the GUINNESS PRO12 and we have a home game against Treviso on Friday night.

"We don't have that long to prepare for it and the sessions on Monday and Tuesday will be important to get us back on track."

Referee Jerome Garces (France)
Attendance 25,000
Team
1
Gordon Reid
2
Fraser Brown
3
Zander Fagerson
4
Tim Swinson
5
Jonny Gray
6
Robert Harley
7
Ryan Wilson
8
Josh Strauss
9
Henry Pyrgos
10
Finn Russell
11
Rory Hughes
12
Sam Johnson
13
Alex Dunbar
14
Sean Lamont
15
Stuart Hogg
Sub
Pat MacArthur
Sub
Alex Allan
Sub
Sila Puafisi
Sub
Lewis Wynne
Sub
Simone Favaro
Sub
Ali Price
Sub
Mark Bennett
Sub
Peter Murchie
Match Substitutions
Off On
Gordon Reid Alex Allan
Off On
Josh Strauss Simone Favaro
Off On
Zander Fagerson Sila Puafisi
Off On
Fraser Brown Pat MacArthur
Off On
Henry Pyrgos Ali Price
Off On
Alex Dunbar Mark Bennett
Off On
Finn Russell Peter Murchie
Off On
Ryan Wilson Lewis Wynne