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December 02, 2016

Glasgow Warriors 15 - 16 Munster

GUINNESS PRO14 match played at Scotstoun on Friday December 2nd 2016 | No comments

Mark Bennet's try put Glasgow ahead
Warriors disappointing run continues after gong down to a third straight defeat at Scotstoun this evening.

Glasgow looked set to snatch the spoils when spectacular second-half tries from Ali Price and Mark Bennett saw them overturn a 13-3 deficit to lead heading into the final three minutes at Scotstoun Stadium.

But there was to be a late twist in the tale as Ian Keatley slotted over a drop goal to snatch a 16-15 victory for Munster and leave Glasgow with only a losing bonus point to show for their efforts.

The result sees Munster maintain their place at the head of the table while Glasgow's hopes of a top-four finish were dented after losing a third successive game for the first time since the 2012/13 season.

The Warriors will also worry about the extent of in the injuries to Peter Horne and Rory Hughes with both players being stretchered from the pitch.

Head coach Gregor Townsend was disappointed with his team's performance and told BBC Scotland: "We pride ourselves on effort, on playing with ambition.

"We were up against it after the way we played in the first half. We're disappointed by the first half.

"Munster were the better team for a lot of the game but we did come back into it and played much better in the second half.

"They've got a very good defence and when you give a team a lead you're going to have to dig deep and create opportunities.

"You need outstanding defence, you need continual effort, you need to make best use of the ball and that's what we've shown for a number of years.

"For whatever reason that first 10-15 minutes we just weren't there, but we did turn it round so it shows the character of the team. You saw the effort in the second half, we got charge downs, we were putting bodies on the line, players like Ali Price worked their socks off."

On the injuries to Peter Horne and Rory Hughes, Gregor said: "They've both got knee injuries. Those are two of our hardest working players as well. Obviously we're hoping they aren't going to be out for too long."

Ali Price's fine solo try sparked Glasgow into life, but the scrum-half admits the recent performances of his team have not been good enough.

"We're not a million miles away and we're going to click," said Ali. "The last two performances haven't been us and we've addressed that in training.

"We want to put in a performance for the guys who watch us every week. It's been sold out nearly every week and we're letting the fans down."

Referee Nigel Owens (Wales)
Attendance 7,351
Man of the Match Ali Price
Gordon Reid
Fraser Brown
Sila Puafisi
Tim Swinson
Robert Harley
Josh Strauss
Chris Fusaro
Ryan Wilson
Ali Price
Peter Horne
Tommy Seymour
Nick Grigg
Mark Bennett
Rory Hughes
Peter Murchie
Corey Flynn
Alex Allan
D'arcy Rae
Robert McAlpine
Langilangi Haupeakui
Nemia Kenatale
Rory Clegg
Lee Jones