April 12, 2014
Munster 5 - 22 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Thomond Park on Saturday April 12th 2014 | No comments
Jonny Gray gave Glasgow the perfect start Glasgow Warriors boosted their play-off prospects after they a secured a fine 22-5 triumph over Heineken Cup semi-finalists Munster.
The Warriors produced a stunning first half performance to go into the break with a 22-5 lead through Jonny Gray, Sean Maitland and Josh Strauss tries.
CJ Stander crossed for the Irish province in the opening period but they were outplayed before the interval and Rob Penney's men couldn't find a response in the second half as the Warriors went away with an impressive victory.
Glasgow have been favourites for the final play-off spot for the majority of the campaign, but the Ospreys' surprise victory over Leinster put pressure on them to produce a result against Munster.
Head coach Gregor Townsend would have therefore demanded an up tempo start and that was exactly what he got. Just four minutes had elapsed when his team took a deserved lead as Gray finished off a fine passage of play by touching down.
Duncan Weir then added a penalty to extend their advantage before the hosts reduced the deficit when a well worked move resulted in Stander going over. However, the Warriors weren't perturbed and duly upped the intensity. Maitland started and finished a chance to take the visitors 15-5 ahead.
Although Munster had opportunities to add to the score themselves, Glasgow were clinical inside the opposition 22 and Strauss touched down to give them a comfortable buffer at the break. As the Irish province fought for a way back into the match, the game became scrappy as both sides searched for scores which would benefit their league position. While the home side were looking for a way to close the gap, the visitors were hoping to get a fourth try which would give them the bonus-point.
Glasgow did go close but the TMO adjudged them to held up over the line and the second half remained scoreless.