March 25, 2023
Munster 26 - 38 Glasgow Warriors
United Rugby Championship match played at Thomond Park on Saturday March 25th 2023 | No comments
Domingo Miotti went over for a try as well as kicking a drop goal and five conversions Glasgow Warriors gave their URC hopes a massive boost after this evening's big win over Munster at Thomond Park.
Warriors had their try bonus point in the bag by the break as they clinched a victory that gives them a chance of a home quarter-final in the end-of-season play-offs.
An outstanding first-half display saw Warriors go 28-0 ahead through Fraser Brown, Stafford McDowall, Domingo Miotti and Cole Forbes tries.
Miotti then added a drop-goal at the start of the second period to make it a 31-point buffer before the Irish province managed to claw themselves into the game.
Gavin Coombes and Craig Casey both touched down to give Munster hope, only for player-of-the-match Sione Vailanu to immediately extinguish their chances of a comeback.
Munster kept going and were rewarded with a try bonus-point as Josh Wycherley and Calvin Nash crossed the whitewash, but Glasgow always had plenty to spare and deservedly came away with the victory.
It was fifth hosting fourth at Thomond Park, and Glasgow started well through their strong set-piece and astute kicking game.
Brown was driven over from a fifth-minute lineout, with Miotti converting.
Munster almost hit back straight away but number eight Coombes was held up over the line.
Glasgow made it 14-0 in the 24th minute, centre McDowall using Brown's clever reverse pass to race through and score despite Joey Carbery and Nash's attempts to hold him up.
Miotti then found a gap between Paddy Patterson and Diarmuid Barron to make it 21-0.
Munster did have their moments but they were often snuffed out by handling errors and suffocating Glasgow defence.
Just before the interval Cole Forbes went over for a brilliant bonus-point score after some neat interplay by the Warriors.
Just after the break Miotti extended Glasgow's lead with his 44th-minute drop goal.
With the game all but out of sight Munster finally opened their account with a 52nd-minute maul putting Coombes over.
Carbery converted and also added the extras to Casey's follow-up effort, the scrum-half darting over from a ruck.
Nonetheless, when Glasgow got back into scoring range, Jamie Dobie fought for every inch in a carry before Vailanu powered over for Miotti to convert.
Prop Wycherley replied in the 70th minute after Coombes was stopped short. A long pass from Casey released Nash for the right corner, but it was too little, too late from Munster.
"We came here with the idea to take all the learnings from this experience we could from this experience back home, so to have the result we got was a bonus," said Glasgow Head Coach Franco Smith after the game. "We know we have certain processes to work on, and that has been the whole season, but this is unbelievable. We know how proud Munster is, and of this ground, so it is a special feeling."