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February 23, 2018

Munster 21 - 10 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at The Irish Independent Park on Friday February 23rd 2018 | No comments

George Horne went over for another try
Glasgow Warriors leave Cork empty handed after this evening's 21-10 defeat to PRO14 Conference A rivals Munster.

Head Coach Dave Rennie admitted the better side won at Irish Independent Park tonight as Munster inflicted only the second league defeat on his side.

Rennie admitted that his side made it unnecessarily difficult for themselves at points on a cold blustery Cork night and that Munster's breakdown work meant it was always going to be a difficult game to win.

He said: "We weren't good enough tonight, we lost the collisions and the ball was slow and Munster did their job well. It is what it is, we came up short and we'll move on."

Scoring no points in the opening 40 minutes Warriors burst out of the blocks in the second half, scoring 10 points in six minutes however Munster replied immediately, something Rennie admits was a momentum shift.

He said: "We had an excellent start to the second half and just needed a smart exit at the right time but we got turned over and they scored off it.

"A few times we got good field position but made key errors, be it being stripped of the ball or getting turned over.

"Like I said we lost the collisions and were slow to the breakdown. Munster eliminated our threats by preventing our quick ball and we just weren' sharp enough.

"I thought we could have kicked better tonight and if you're slow to the breakdown against a side like Munster you're not giving the referee much option.

"It's disappointing because it's an area of our game that we pride ourselves on but if you're not good enough against a side like Munster you get hurt."

Despite the disappointment Rennie is confident his team can respond. Still twelve points clear at the top of Conference A they travel to the Kingspan a week today.

He said: "Going forward we'll keep working hard. We've got a lot of young men who are learning lots with every game but they're coming up against good teams and are maybe lacking a little bit of experience around them.

"We had a good enough side on the field tonight to do the job and we'll be better for it. We're going to have to be, we come to Ireland next week to face Ulster."

Referee Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Oli Kebble
James Malcolm
Siua Halanukonuka
Kiran McDonald
Scott Cummings
Robert Harley
Matt Smith
Matt Fagerson
George Horne
Adam Hastings
Ratu Tagive
Brandon Thomson
Sam Johnson
Lee Jones
Ruaridh Jackson
Grant Stewart
Alex Allan
Zander Fagerson
Lewis Wynne
Chris Fusaro
Henry Pyrgos
Richie Vernon
Nikola Matawalu
Match Substitutions
Off On
James Malcolm Grant Stewart
Off On
Siua Halanukonuka Zander Fagerson
Off On
Matt Smith Chris Fusaro
Off On
George Horne Henry Pyrgos
Off On
Oli Kebble Alex Allan
Off On
Adam Hastings Richie Vernon
Off On
Kiran McDonald Lewis Wynne
Off On
Ratu Tagive Nikola Matawalu
Adam Hastings Penalty
George Horne Try 
Adam Hastings Conversion