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February 11, 2022

Glasgow Warriors 13 - 11 Munster

United Rugby Championship match played at Scotstoun on Friday February 11th 2022 | No comments

Scott Cummings grabbed Glasgow's try and took the Man-of-the-Match award
Glasgow Warriors edged out Munster in a hard-fought URC meeting at Scotstoun this evening.

In wet and windy conditions at Scotstoun Glasgow were in control for the bulk of the first half and took a 10-3 advantage into the interval thanks to Scott Cummings' try and Duncan Weir's penalty.

Ben Healy responded for Munster before Weir re-established Glasgow's 10-point lead in the second period.

Munster began to put Warriors under pressure and, after Healy had closed the gap, Jean Kleyn's score gave replacement Jack Crowley a chance to level matters.

However, Crowley couldn't convert and Glasgow held on for their seventh league win of the season and strengthened their URC hopes.

After a crisp, sunny day in Glasgow any prospect of a free flowing game disappeared when the heavens opened an hour before kick-off.

Warriors were dealt an early blow when winger Rufus McLean was forced off with a head knock. A failed HIA for McLean forced Warriors to bring on scrum-half Jamie Dobie to play on the wing.

A penalty from fly-half Duncan Weir put Warriors ahead but they struggled to make further inroads. A fine break from Sam Johnson was the highlight as both defences were giving little away.

That changed in the final seconds of the half when first Munster drew level with a Ben Healy penalty after a rare period of pressure. Glasgow kicked off deep, Munster set up a ruck for Neil Cronin to clear only for Scott Cummings to stretch his 6ft 7in frame and charge the kick down.

He was first to the ball with a great pick up and had the height and strength to reach out and ground the ball while on his back. With Weir converting, Glasgow had a deserved 10-3 lead at the interval.

The second half turned out to be more of the same, though this time it was Munster, now playing into the wind, who had the bulk of the game. They were helped by some wayward kicking from Glasgow, who put the ball out on the full several times giving Munster possession and territory.

It looked as though they may pay the penalty when co-captain Fraser Brown slapped the ball out of a ruck and was sin-binned. Though they did manage to edge further ahead with Weir's second penalty, Munster were mostly in charge and a scrum penalty gave Healy three points.

Munster were beginning to win territory, though, and even when the Scots were back up to 15 men they were able to take advantage. They set up camp on the home line until Glasgow ran out of defenders and lock Jean Kleyn went over.

Crucially, replacement fly-half Crowley missed the conversion from out wide. There were still a few nervous moments for the Glasgow defence, but Jack Dempsey got his hands on the ball to win a penalty and secure an important win for the Scotstoun men.

Referee Gianluca Gnecchi (Italy)
Man of the Match Scott Cummings
Oli Kebble
Fraser Brown
Simon Berghan
Scott Cummings
Richie Gray
Ryan Wilson
Tom Gordon
Jack Dempsey
George Horne
Duncan Weir
Rufus McLean
Sam Johnson
Robbie Fergusson
Sebastian Cancelliere
Ollie Smith
Johnny Matthews
Nathan McBeth
Enrique Pieretto
Kiran McDonald
Ally Miller
Jamie Dobie
Domingo Miotti
Stafford McDowall
Match Substitutions
Off On
Rufus McLean Jamie Dobie
Off On
Simon Berghan Enrique Pieretto
Off On
Fraser Brown Johnny Matthews
Off On
Ryan Wilson Kiran McDonald
Off On
Tom Gordon Ally Miller
Off On
Robbie Fergusson Stafford McDowall
Duncan Weir Penalty
Scott Cummings Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Duncan Weir Penalty