Planet Rugby

Munster remain unbeaten

24th September 2010 21:49

Share:

Ronan O Gara penalty

Ronan O'Gara: Booted 23 points

Glasgow Warriors put up a brave fight before being overwhelmed by Magners League leaders Munster in the second half at Firhill on Friday.

The home side made undefeated Munster work for their bonus-point win, but once the Irish outfit nosed ahead with a two-try blitz early in the second half there was an inevitability about the result.

Munster had taken a first-half lead thanks to tries from Dennis Leamy and Johne Murphy but it was the second-half scores from Niall Ronan and Murphy again that broke the home resistance. Ronan O'Gara's boot was responsible for 23 points.

Glasgow had taken a first-half lead thanks to contrasting but well-worked tries from winger DTH van der Merwe and scrum-half Colin Gregor plus five penalties and two conversions on his debut from teenager Duncan Weir.

Stand-off Weir, 19, had three penalty chances in the first seven minutes to get his Glasgow career off to a good start.

They were all from the same area of the pitch, however he could manage only the third to give Glasgow an early lead.

An open but scrappy game developed with plenty of further penalties.

O'Gara and Weir each missed before Glasgow conjured up the first try of the night after 18 minutes.

With play taken to the visitors' line on the left, Weir hoisted a cross-kick that was knocked down by Bernardo Stortoni to Van der Merwe who touched down. Weir converted from by the touchline.

Four minutes later Munster registered their first try. Driving from a line-out, prop Tony Buckley got very close for number eight and captain Denis Leamy to finish off and O'Gara to kick the simple conversion.

With O'Gara and Weir exchanging a penalty each, the score stood at 16-10 when the Munster.pack at last got into gear.

Working their way into the home 22, the ball was released left and winger Murphy skidded over through a half tackle for the try that O'Gara converted to put Munster a point ahead.

However the lead was short-lived and Glasgow went in leading 26-17. A clever Weir kick produced a penalty that he successfully booted.

One penalty too many saw Donncha O'Callaghan sin-binned, allowing the Glasgow pack to put on pressure with Gregor darting over and Weir converting.

Munster found another gear after half-time and within 10 minutes not only were they back ahead but they had the try bonus point.

Firstly Leamy picked up from a close-in scrum and sent in flanker Niall Ronan for a textbook score.

O'Gara converted that one and set up the next try for Murphy with a perfect side-footed kick, and again converted to put Munster 31-26 up.

That was a winning position they were to comfortably maintain with O'Gara nudging over four more penalties against one from Weir.

The scorers:

For Glasgow:
Tries: Van der Merwe, Gregor
Cons: Weir 2
Pens: Weir 5

For Munster:
Tries: Leamy, J Murphy 2, Ronan
Cons: O'Gara 4
Pens: O'Gara 5

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Bernardo Stortoni, 14 DTH van der Merwe, 13 Max Evans, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 Federico Aramburu, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Colin Gregor, 8 Richie Vernon, 7 John Barclay (c), 6 Robert Harley, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Moray Low, 2 Fergus Thomson, 1 Jon Welsh
Replacements (from): Dougie Hall, Ed Kalman, Kevin Tkachuk, Aly Muldowney, Ryan Wilson, Calum Forrester, Henry Pyrgos, Ruaridh Jackson, Rob Dewey, Peter Murchie.

Munster: 15 Paul Warwick, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Lifeimi Mafi, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Johne Murphy, 10 Ronan O'Gara, 9 Tomas O'Leary, 8 Denis Leamy (capt), 7 Niall Ronan, 6 Davis Wallace, 5 Donncha Ryan, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 Tony Buckley, 2 Damien Varley, 1 Marcus Horan.
Replacements: 16 Sean Henry, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 Darragh Hurley, 19 Mick O'Driscoll, 20 James Coughlan, 21 Peter Stringer, 22 Scott Deasy, 23 Denis Hurley.

Referee: Carlo Damasco

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 25
Ulster vs Toulon13:00
Scarlets vs Leicester19:45
Bath vs Toulouse15:15
Montpellier vs Glasgow17:15
Northampton vs Ospreys17:15
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale13:00
Castres vs Leinster15:15
Wasps vs Harlequins17:15
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 9217:15
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles19:45
Friday , October 24
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Grenoble vs London Irish18:30
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle19:30
Brive vs Zebre19:30
Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby19:45
Saturday , October 25
Bucuresti vs Stade FrancaisTBC
Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues14:00
Exeter vs Connacht15:00
Oyonnax vs Gloucester19:45
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
Saracens 30 - 23 Clermont AuvergneSaracens vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro 92 20 - 11 NorthamptonRacing Metro 92 vs Northampton Report
Glasgow 37 - 10 BathGlasgow vs Bath Report
Leicester 25 - 18 UlsterLeicester vs Ulster Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
LOU Rugby 28 - 18 London WelshLOU Rugby vs London Welsh Report
Zebre 24 - 33 Oyonnax
Cardiff Blues 37 - 14 Grenoble
Stade Francais 22 - 38 Newport Gwent D'gons
Bayonne 30 - 24 Exeter
Connacht 48 - 12 La Rochelle
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Lions 50 - 20 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Western Province 31 - 23 Blue BullsWestern Province vs Blue Bulls Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 49 - 30 AucklandTaranaki vs Auckland Report
Manawatu 23 - 18 Southland
Tasman 26 - 6 CanterburyTasman vs Canterbury Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 17
Harlequins 25 - 9 CastresHarlequins vs Castres Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Bordeaux-Begles 13 - 15 EdinburghBordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Report
Newcastle 43 - 19 Bucuresti
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615