Limerick Rugby

Glasgow Warriors are worthy winners over Munster

URC semi-final:

 

URC semi-final:
Munster 10, Glasgow Warriors 17

With the earlier result in Pretoria spoiling  hopes of an all-Ireland final in Thomond Park, Munster looked determined to hold onto their URC trophy as they took the pitch tonight. They trailed 3-7 at the break but they just could not get the crucial second half scores to reach another final.

Munster sarted with some dazzling running rugby and within four minutes they got a chance to go into the lead but Jack Crowley’s penalty kick went wide of the posts. The Warriors responded and it was the home side who had to protect their line. With eight minutes gone Munster were back in the hunt after Glasgow second-row Richie Gray was shown yellow, Jack Crowley gave his side the lead with a close in penalty on12 minutes. The home side had the better of the territoial possession but they caught badly when a loose pass was intercepted by Glasgow captain Kyle Steyn who had a clear run to the try line at the Mayorstone The conversion put the Warriors 3-7 in front on 25 minutes.

Munster appeared rattled and a few knock-ons did not help their cause. Four minutes before the break they got a chance to add a second score but apart from a bit of fisticuffs near the sideline and a second sin-bin, this time to Henco Venter,  the home side had a disappointing first 40 minutes. The expected emptying of the bench occured on 45 minutes as Munster set about clawing back the lead. It was the Warriors who started better and they turned down three penalty chances. Munster continued to make promising attacks but the Glasgow defence stood firm. With ten minutes remaining one could feel the anxiety of the home supporters rising. Glasgow looked comfortable all over the pitch, cleverly slowing down their possession and with the home side needing a try to put them in front, the horror of defeat was beginning to rise around Thomond Park. A penalty in front of the posts increased the Glasgow lead 

On 50 minutes the home crowd was silenced when right wing Sebastian Cancelliere touched down after a sparkling break by Glasgow which was converted by George Horne to increase the leaad to 3-14 but Munster replied when Antoine Frisch finished off a superb attack which Jack Crowley converted to reduce the leaad to 10-14. On 50 minutes the home crowd was silenced when right wing Sebastian Cancelliere touched down after a sparkling break by Glasgow which was converted by George Horne to increase the leaad to 3-14 but Munster replied when Antoine Frisch finished off a superb attack which Jack Crowley converted to reduce the leaad to 10-14. A penalty by Horne increased the Glasgow lead to 10-17 with five minutes remaining and they cleverly saw out the remaining minutes to record a deserved victory.

Munster: Mike Haley, Shane Daly, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell, Simon Zebo, Jack Crowley, Craig Casey, Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne (c), Peter O’Mahony, John Hodnett, Jack O’Donoghue
Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, John Ryan, Oli Jager, RG Snyman, Gavin Coombes, Conor Murray, Sean O’Brien, Alex Kendellen.
Glasgow Warriors: Josh McKay, Sebastian Cancelliere, Huw Jones, Sione Tuipulotu, Kyle Steyn (c), Tom Jordan, George Horne, Jamie Bhatti, Johnny Matthews, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Richie Gray, Matt Fagerson, Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey
Replacements: George Turner, Oli Kebble, Murphy Walker, Max Williamson, Euan Ferrie, Henco Venter, Jamie Dobie, Ross Thompson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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