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May 11, 2008

Munster 18 - 21 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Musgrave Park on Saturday May 10th 2008 | 4 comments

Dougie Hall went over for Glasgow's second try
Glasgow completed their fifth straight win, by beating Heineken Cup finalists Munster at Musgrave Park.

It was a controversial try from Thom Evans that provided Glasgow victory in the final Magners League game of the season.

Dan Parks' brilliant conversion from the left touchline put the Scottish side 21-13 in front and despite a furious finish from Munster, which included an unconverted Paul O'Connell try, the visitors clung on for the win.

Two of Munster's greatest servants lined up for their final home match with the province - number eight Anthony Foley captained the team in his 201st competitive game and newly appointed Ireland coach Declan Kidney took his usual spot in the stand.

But there was no room for sentimentality with an in-form Glasgow outfit in town.

They were hunting for their fifth straight league win - something the club had not achieved since the 2001/02 season - and they foraged into a 14-0 lead.

Munster dominated possession in the early stages but perhaps with the Heineken Cup final in mind, they lacked their usual precision particularly at the breakdown.

Glasgow looked the hungrier and on the balance of play, their 17th-minute try was a deserved one.

There was a touch of good fortune about it though as a Colin Gregor kick bounced horribly away from the retreating Denis Hurley, leaving the Munster full-back on the turf, Gregor gathered and ran into space before putting Lome Fa'atau in close to the posts.

Parksy added the conversion and Glasgow crossed the Munster line again, six minutes later.

There was a breakdown in communication between Ian Dowling and Foley when the latter called a quick lineout, and the winger's feed was gleefully intercepted by Warriors hooker Dougie Hall who bounded over for his first try of the season.

Munster then roused themselves to score 13 unanswered points before half-time. Glasgow lost some momentum when prop Moray Low went off with an ankle injury and the hosts took control.

In the 33rd-minute, number eight Foley was spotted by Peter Stringer as he lurked on the blindside and he had the wherewithal to avoid a collision with touch judge Alan Rogan, who was standing just inside the touchline, and pile over in the left corner.

Ronan O'Gara converted and he also kicked two out of four penalty attempts in first half injury-time as Glasgow's discipline began to let them down, most notably when flanker John Barclay was sin-binned for a high tackle on Keith Earls.

The numbers were evened up early in the second half when Munster centre Rua Tipoki saw yellow for a dangerous challenge on Dan Parks, who missed the resulting penalty kick.

With Foley going off to a rapturous reception, Glasgow kept a stubborn hold of their 14-13 advantage.

Munster had a try ruled out in the 57th-minute - replacement David Wallace thought he had scored but the effort was scratched out for interference from Paul O'Connell.

The game's major talking point arrived ten minutes later. As Glasgow attacked on the left, Earls was clearly obstructed by James Eddie from getting a tackle in.

Munster looked to referee James Jones for a whistle but it never came and Evans won the race to his own grubber kick to score.

Television match official Trevor Collins ruled that Evans had successfully squeezed over in the left corner.

Munster saw red but all they could muster in reply was O'Connell's 80th-minute effort - an American football-style dive for the line off the back of a ruck.

Referee James Jones (WRU)
Attendance 5360
Man of the Match John Barclay
Justin Va'a
Dougie Hall
Moray Low
Opeta Palepoi
Dan Turner
Kelly Brown
John Barclay
John Beattie
Colin Gregor
Dan Parks
Thom Evans
Andrew Henderson
Max Evans
Lome Fa'atau
Bernardo Stortoni
Fergus Thomson
Kevin Tkachuk
Andy Newman
James Eddie
Sam Pinder
Scott Barrow
Graeme Morrison
Match Substitutions
Off On
Moray Low Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Dougie Hall Fergus Thomson
Off On
Andrew Henderson Graeme Morrison
Off On
Kelly Brown James Eddie
Off On
Lome Fa'atau Scott Barrow
Off On
Opeta Palepoi Andy Newman
Off On
Colin Gregor Sam Pinder
Lome Fa'atau Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dougie Hall Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Thom Evans Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
    Posted by copnei on May 11, 2008 09:41 PM | Reply to this comment

    Brilliant Match!!! Great atmosphere to be there and the players were obviously very pleased. There were obviously a few sore heads on the plane home on Sunday morning....

    Posted by Alan Fulton on May 12, 2008 09:27 PM | Reply to this comment

    Nah, they were "just resting" ...allegedly!!

    Posted by rugbyMonkey on May 12, 2008 12:32 AM | Reply to this comment

    Great win - Well done boys, any news on the injury to Moray - do you know what happened and is it bad enough to keep him from the Argentina trip?

    Posted by buzzdog on May 12, 2008 01:47 PM | Reply to this comment

    great game.a big thank you to all the munster fans who were so nice to us at the end of the match. well done to the team for a great performance. keep up the good work.

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