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Scotstoun nightmare for Munster as Warriors make them pay

Guinness PRO14 Championship:
Glasgow Warriors 37, Munster 10
(Nigel Owens, pictured, gave yellow card to Billy Holland and red card to Fineen Wycherley tonight)
DO not adjust your set! Glasgow fully deserved their bonus point victory on a night in Scotstoun when Munster failed to live up to the promise of recent weeks. No doubt, there are questions to be answered about this performance by the Irish province and with Cardiff visiting next week-end and the meeting with Leinster a week later in the Aviva Stadium, major improvement is required.
Losing a couple of their own lineout throws and missing kicks at goal from easy positions are beginning to ring warning bells. Defensively, they were awful, particularly in the second half and Leonardo Sarto’s ability to thread his way past half a dozen red shirts to set up try number four and the bonus point, was painful evidence of a side very much out of focus.
We can be sure that this kind of effort will not be repeated between now and Rassie’s departure before Christmas.
Looking more comfortable on their own all-weather patch, Glasgow held the upper hand in an exciting opening half. They scored after just five minutes, replacement Leonardo Sarto darting between Conway and Sweetnam to over and Finn Russell added the two points. Three minutes later it was 10-0 to the home side, Russell landing a close-in penalty and Munster knew they were in a game.
They scored a well-worked try on 14 minutes, Rory Scannell coming around to take a final pass and his strength got him past two tacklers for a fine try. Tyler Bleyendaal’s conversion just veered wide of the left hand post but at 10-5, Munster were back in this game,. They had the better of exchanges for a period after that score but put themselves under pressure when Bleyendaal dropped a pass inside his own 22. After referee Owens had sorted a free-for-all involving players from both sides, Munster survived a few phases by the Warriors and should have reduced the lead, Bleyendaal missing a close-in penalty. That miss proved costly. Glasgow looked dangerous on the counter-attack and another Finn Russell penalty, his third success in a row, pushed Glasgow 13-5 in front with 33 minutes played.
The best score of the game came five minutes before the break. Glasgow ran the ball in tight traffic outside their 22, Ryan Wilson made crucial yards and right wing Lee Jones showed great wheels to out-pace the Munster cover for a brilliantly worked try. Finn Russell added the extras and Glasgow went in at the break 20-5 to the good.
Munster needed an early score to settle them but they conceded three penalties in the opening three minutes after getting good field position. Glasgow responded with a third try, Nick Grigg pouncing close to the right hand touchline to get over and Russell converting for a 27-5 lead on 47 minutes.
Munster got a glimpse of hope when Chris Farrell intercepted for a fortuitous try but Rory Scannell (with Blenendaal retiring with an injury) sent his kick wide. It took Glasgow just eight minutes to increase their lead to 30-10, Finn Russell kicking a close-in penalty after some fierce pressure on the visitors’ line and 17 minutes from time the Warriors put the lid on a very impressive performance when Sarto gave his impression of Michael Flatley with as good a jig ever seen on Scottish soil, his offload sending second-row Scott Cummings gleefully under the posts and Russell completing the agony for Munster.
Glasgow Warriors: Ruaridh Jackson; Lee Jones, Nick Grigg, Peter Horne, Rory Hughes; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Jamie Bhatti, George Turner, Zander Fagerson; Tim Swinson, Scott Cummings, Ryan Wilson, Callum Gibbins, Adam Ashe. Replacements: 16. Pat MacArthur, 17. Alex Allan, 18. D’arcy Rae, 19. Brian Alainu’uese, Rob Harley, Henry Pyrgos, Sam Johnson, 23. Leonardo Sarto.
Munster: Andrew Conway, Darren Sweetnam, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Alex Wootton; Tyler Bleyendaal – capt., Duncan Williams; Liam O’Connor, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Sean O’Connor, Tommy O’Donnell, Jack O’Donoghue.
Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Fineen Wycherley, Robin Copeland, James Hart, Jaco Taute, Simon Zebo.
Referee, Nigel Owens, Wales.

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