Munster come a cropper in Glasgow

04th Sep 2009, 22:15

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Dan Parks : Laid the foundation

Dan Parks : Laid the foundation

Glasgow produced an impressive opening night display to beat Magners League champions Munster 22-9 at Firhill on Friday.

Glasgow produced an impressive opening night display to beat Magners League champions Munster 22-9 at Firhill on Friday.

This looked a tough fixture for Sean Lineen's men but they were full of confidence after last week's final warm-up win against Guinness Premiership Wasps.

However, the victory was based on stoic early defence, who were forced into massive hits on Doug Howlett, Lifeimi Mafi and Jeremy Manning to keep the line intact.

With seven minutes gone, Glasgow got into a mess behind their line and from the scrum, Munster won the penalty for Manning to open the Munster account.

Glasgow hit back and Thom Evans and Bernie Stortoni sliced through the Munster defence, forcing the penalty which Dan Parks slotted to level the scores.

The home side were getting the better of the Munster pack, with Graeme Morrison carving great holes in the midfield.

The pressure told as Parks goaled two further penalties to extend Glasgow's lead to 9-3 - only for a final surge by the home pack on a Chris Cusiter break in injury-time to bring penalty number four, which Parks kicked to take Glasgow in 12-3 ahead at half-time.

Glasgow piled the pressure on after the break, rookie prop John Welsh had the crowd roaring with a scorching run down the wing but Munster held out then worked back to Glasgow territory for Manning to kick his second penalty on 55 minutes.

Number three followed seven minutes later, only for Parks to hold his nerve and restore the margin with 12 minutes left with penalty number five.

Eight minutes from the end came the moment the crowd had been waiting for - a try.

Stortoni ran back a loose kick then linked for Morrison to blast through to five yards from the line to put Ruaridh Jackson, who had been on the field for two minutes, over.

Mark McMillan converted from wide out and Glasgow ran the clock down to collect a huge morale boosting win.

The scorers:

For Glasgow:
Try: Jackson
Con: McMillan
Pens: Parks 5

For Munster:
Pens: Manning 3

Yellow card: Stringer (40, Munster)

Glasgow: 15 Bernardo Stortoni, 14 Rob Dewey, 13 Peter Murchie, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 Thom Evans, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 John Barclay, 6 Kelly Brown, 5 Alastair Kellock (c), 4 Tim Barker, 3 Moray Low, 2 Dougie Hall, 1 Jon Welsh.
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Kevin Tkachuk, 18 Dan Turner, 19 Richie Vernon, 20 Mark McMillan, 21 Ruaridh Jackson, 22 Colin Shaw.

Munster: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Tom Gleeson, 12 Lifeimi Mafi, 11 Denis Hurley, 10 Jeremy Manning, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Denis Leamy, 7 Niall Ronan, 6 Billy Holland, 5 Donncha Ryan, 4 Mick O'Driscoll (c), 3 Tony Buckley, 2 Denis Fogarty, 1 Marcus Horan.
Replacements: 16 Damien Varley, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Tommy O'Donnell, 19 James Coughlan, 20 Toby Morland, 21 Sean Deasy, 22 Barry Murphy.

Referee: James Jones (Wales)
Assistant referees: Iain Heard (Scotland), Graeme Marshall (Scotland)
Assessor: Dougie Kerr (Scotland)
Television match official: Jim Yuille (Scotland)