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Munster break record in Glasgow

09th September 2011 21:28

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Munster v Glasgow firhill 20111

Twelve in a row: A new record for Munster

Munster made it two from two on Friday with a 23-12 RaboDirect PRO12 win over Glasgow at Firhill Stadium.

The victory for Munster sees them set a new tournament record with a twelfth successive win, surpassing Leinster's previous mark set in 2001-2002.

Ian Keatley kicked 13 points in a man-of-the-match performance.

Warriors coach Sean Lineen made four changes to his side. Ryan Grant replaced the injured Jon Welsh at loose-head prop.

Second-row Nick Campbell had his first start for the club, with Captain Rob Harley moving to the blindside flank. In the backs, Henry Pyrgos and Federico Aramburu were selected for the fixture.

The visiting Munster side also made four changes from the win over the Dragons with their entire front row changed.Wian du Preez, Damien Varley and John Hayes took over from Marcus Horan, Stephen Archer and injured Mike Sherry. The sole backline change saw Simon Zebo slot into the left wing berth at the expense of Denis Hurley who picked up a slight hamstring strain last weekend.

Munster were first on the scoreboard as the home side were penalised at the scrum. Ian Keatley converted the penalty after 9 minutes play. Munster were then pulled up by referee Dudley Phillips for crossing with Duncan Weir levelling the score at 3-3.

An encouraging start by Glasgow saw a fantastic run by Rob Dewey resulting in Niall Ronan being sin-binned for hands in the ruck. Weir converted the sustained pressure to make it 6-3.

The Munster forwards then began to turn the screw with some powerful mauling. Chris Fusaro was sin-binned for pulling down an imperiously looking maul. Keatley made it 6-6 with the successful penalty kick.

Towards the end of the first half Munster took the lead with Keatley knocking over a penalty making it 9-6. A Danny Barnes break in the mid-field saw Lifiemi Mafi stopped just short illegally.

Niall Ronan went from villain to hero with sharp thinking leading to a try from a quick tap for the flanker. Keatley kicked the conversion to make the half-time score 16-6.

Munster started the second half with real energy and enthusiasm. A strong run and superb off-load from Mafi resulted in a try to Simon Zebo.

Keatley converted the try to make the score 23-6 to Munster. Ill-discipline and smart tactics from the Warriors resulted in two successful penalties from Weir to give the Glasgow side a glimmer of hope at 23-12.

The rest of the game saw the scrum area become a mess with both sides being regularly penalised. Second-row Billy Holland became the second Irishman to be yellow-carded, after he was penalised for a ruck infringement.

The Munster defence stood firm, as the Warriors threw wave after wave of attack at the visitors.

The scorers:

For Glasgow:
Pens:Weir 4

For Munster:
Tries: Ronan, Zebo
Cons: Keatley 2
Pens: Keatley 3

Yellow card: Ronan (Munster - 15th min); Fusaro (Glasgow - 20th min); Holland (Munster - 66th min)

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Federico Aramburu, 13 Rob Dewey, 12 Troy Nathan, 11 Colin Shaw, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Henry Pyrgos,8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Rob Harley (c), 5 Nick Campbell, 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Mike Cusack, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Finlay Gillies, 17 Ed Kalman, 18 Gordon Reid, 19 James Eddie, 20 Rory Pitman, 21 Colin Gregor, 22 Scott Wight, 23 Peter Horne.

Munster: Munster: 15 Johne Murphy, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Danny Barnes, 12 Lifiemi Mafi, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Niall Ronan, 6 Peter O'Mahony (capt), 5 Mick O'Driscoll, 4 Billy Holland, 3 Wian Du Preez, 2 Damien Varley, 1 John Hayes
Replacements: 16 Denis Fogarty, 17 Marcus Horan, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Dave Foley, 20 Tommy O'Donnell, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Scott Deasy, 23 Tom Gleason.

Venue: Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Referee: Dudley Phillips

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