URC: Munster v Glasgow: Slow start proves costly as Warriors ship 40 points in Cork

It's a second URC defeat of the season for Franco Smith's men

A disappointing night for Stafford McDowall and his Glasgow team in Cork
A disappointing night for Stafford McDowall and his Glasgow team in Cork. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

Munster 40

Glasgow Warriors 29

 

JOHN FALLON @ Musgrave Park

GLASGOW WARRIORS may have produced a stunning forward display to maul their way over for five tries but it still wasn’t enough to thwart the URC champions.

Warriors just didn’t do enough out wide to secure their first win at Musgrave Park in Cork in 15 years.

Munster led 26-5 at the break after producing some blistering rugby in front of a full house of just under 8,500 on a freezing night.


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The champions were on top in all sectors, moving the ball at speed and bossing the breakdown as the league leaders struggled to get into the contest.

Glasgow’s cause was not helped by conceding four penalties in little over a minute, three of them inside their own 22, and it was no surprise when Munster hit the front after seven minutes when academy lock Edwin Edogbo drove over for his third try of the season after a lineout on the left stretched the visitors’ defence with Gavin Coombes making hard yards before being stopped short.

South African referee Marius van der Westhuizen finally lost patience with Glasgow when prop Nathan McBeth took out scrum-half Craig Casey at a ruck for a fifth penalty after eleven minutes and Munster hit them for two tries while he was in the bin with Tom Ahern and Diarmuid Barron scoring to lead 19-0.

Glasgow hit back and a superb penalty to the right corner from Duncan Weir provided a good platform in what was really their first meaningful attack of the game after 27 minutes.

Scott Cummings gathered the lineout and Warriors got the perfect drive with Sione Vailanu getting the touchdown. Weir was unable to master the Cork wind and pulled the first of three missed conversions across the posts.

Munster finished the half strongly and secured the bonus point when Ahern was out wide again to score after good work from Antoine Frisch and Coombes to lead 26-5 at the break.

Warriors needed a big start to the second-half and it came from a familiar source. A penalty to the right corner again set up a solid maul and hooker Johnny Matthews drove over for his eighth try of the campaign two minutes after the restart.

However, Munster hit back and centre Alex Nankivell cancelled that try this with his first Munster score when he cut a direct line through a pile of bodies with a penalty advantage after 49 minutes, with tighthead Lucio Sordoni binned as Warriors again failed to protect their line.

But it did little to stem the impact of the superb Glasgow maul and after Rory Darge drove through the home rearguard after 55 minutes for their third try to reduce the margin to 33-15.

And the prospect of a remarkable comeback gained momentum when they secured the bonus point and cut the gap to 31-22 after 66 minutes when they were awarded a penalty try after Irish lock Tadhg Beirne was penalised for pulling down a maul and was binned.

Munster though did not panic and they killed off any notions of the comeback when John Hodnett tapped a penalty and drove over with new tighthead signing from the Crusaders Oli Jager on his shoulders 14 minutes from time.

That left Warriors with just too much of a gap to bridge but Franco Smith and his management were given a boost as they now turn their attentions to Northampton Saints in the Champions Cup when they finished on the front foot when they scored their fifth maul try in the dying moments when replacement hooker Angus Fraser got over after another excellent drive from a penalty to the right corner.

 

Teams –

Munster: S Daly; C Nash, A Frisch, A Nankivell, S O’Brien; J Crowley, C Casey; J Loughman, D Barron (c), S Archer; E Edogbo, T Beirne; T Ahern, J Hodnett, G Coombes. Subs used: S Buckley, D Kilcoyne, O Jager, F Wycherley, C Murray, R Scannell, A Kendellen.

Glasgow Warriors: J McKay; K Rowe, S Tuipulotu, S McDowall (c), O Smith; D Weir, S Kennedy; N McBeth, J Matthews, L Sordoni, S Manjezi, S Cummings, S Vailanu, R Darge, H Venter. Subs usedA Fraser, O Kebble, Z Fagerson, G Peterson, M Williamson, T Gordon, B Afshar, T Jordan

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)

Scorers –

Munster: Tries: T Ahern (2), E Edogbo, D Barron, A Nankivell, J Hodnett. Cons: Crowley (5)

Glasgow Warriors: Tries: S Vailanu, J Matthews, R Darge, penalty try, A Fraser. Cons: D Weir

Scoring sequence (Glasgow Warriors first): 0-5, 0-7, 0-12, 0-17, 0-19, 5-19, 5-24, 5-26 (h-t) 10-26, 10-31, 10-33, 15-33, 22-33, 22-38, 22-40, 27-40, 29-40

Yellow Cards:

Munster: Tadhg Beirne

Glasgow Warriors: Nathan McBeth, Lucio Sordoni

 

 

 


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18 Comments

  1. The question is why was this particular team picked for this game? We seemed to treat it as a warm-up game for several fringe players. There was no way we were going to win without several of our established first teamers – away at Munster. Was that all illness/injury, or what?

  2. I’m not sure that we should have prioritised the home Northampton game over this one in terms of team strength. But I’m sure there were other factors at play too in terms of injuries and rotation needs.

    What jarred for me was how much we totally focussed on choke tackles throughout the game even though they were not working for us – we were not gaining any turnovers from them and they frequently meant we had men on the wrong side when they went down and then got pinged for it.

  3. A very disappointing result for Glasgow in Cork last night and, for me, Manjezi is a complete waste of space.

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  4. This never looked like a Glasgow win from the moment the team was announced, but rampant indiscipline and a 19-0 deficit meant they wouldn’t even get close – and fair play to Munster who put in a good solid shift. A strange game and I’m not quite sure what to make of it. On the negative side, Kennedy chose to have a howler and In the nine minutes that we saw of young Ashfar there was considerably more zip from the base of the scrum. He may well find himself up to third choice soon. Stand-off is where Glasgow look at their thinnest and with Weir getting on in years and Ross Thompson dropping off the RADAR after his year-long injury absence, some recruitment is needed. A return of prodigal son Adam Hastings would be just the ticket, if only!
    It was good to see the Warriors looking secure in their own lineout ball and making such a mess of the opposition’s more than once. Munster were under pressure and I daresay big Richie would have had them in even more trouble. Young Max Williamson had a solid 30 minutes that will encourage him as he gains more experience of pro rugby.
    The rolling maul was unstoppable as ever and I very much hope that the Scotland coaches are working closely with their Scotstoun equivalents on how to import that formidable weapon onto the international stage. Coming away with a bonus point was more than I expected given the number of players rested. And it might have been two had Weir’s goal-kicking antennae not gone so haywire.

  5. What is it about the SRU whereby old warhorses like Weir are allowed to top up their pensions with underperformances. Given Edinburgh were ‘gifted ‘ Price whom might Glasgow wish for as an early Christmas present?

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  6. Pity Weir decided to leave his boots at home 3 conversions would have gotten a 2nd bonus point. However the maul was impressive tonight as was the kicking to get so many kicks so close to the line to allow the maul to work. Last year in the play-offs Munster demolished our maul, so progress. How do Irish sides get away with so many tackles round the breakdown that take out players not involved in the ruck?. To score 5 tries and lose is strange, but the first 20 mins we looked poor, I know we start slow and come back, but 3 tries in 20 mins against a top team is a big ask.

    • Totally agree! ” How do Irish sides get away with so many tackles round the breakdown that take out players not involved in the ruck?.”

      It was driving me crazy watching this tactic. How come they get away with it?

      The Irish sides have been doing this since Paul O’Connell was turning out for Munster.

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  7. To win away against Munster you have to play your best 23 get in the refs good books and hope they play their best game. Sadly Francos selections last night , some of them forced, were never Glasgows best 23. However, those chosen should be applauded for scoring 5 tries but equally castigated for the paucity of the defence. A team who previously reduced the opposition to 1.5 tries per game let in 7 last night, admittedly many when down to 14 men.
    Kennedy , who had a great game last weekend looked poor last night and Weir who perhaps is ageing and fading had a poor game with the kicking. Those 2 were possibly the main reason the back line in general never really got going.

    • yep, no half backs. Kennedy was great last week – at home behind a really dominant pack. Poor last night. Weir simply cannot play the Glasgow game plan – he sits far too deep and just shovels passes, draws no one ever. No point picking him for goal kicking of he doesn’t kick goals.
      Afshar looked good when he came on. That came as no surprise. Scrum halfs coming on late, especially when their team is behind, always speed the game up. That’s the job. But also those who have followed his career so far know we have a top player in the making. That said he is still a kid. Glasgow should never have been expected to exist on him and Kennedy. A kid and a decent 4TH CHOICE, not starters in big games. Thanks Mr Mallinder.

  8. Not a great performance but I thought the young 9 was excellent when he came on – he really upped out game. I think he showed great promise if Horne is still injured i’d start him next week.

    • Agree Rod, ball was zipping when Afshar came on. Exciting prospect. I suspect he’ll really kick on during the Six nations especially

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  9. At times it was painful to watch, although there were quite a few positives in there, and if it wasn’t for a strangely off night for Duncy from the tee, we should have had a losing BP as well. Two points away at Munster would have been a good outcome, more so with the team selection and pairings.

    Two things – and the loss isn’t one of them for me. The slow start – we need to get our intensity and work rate right from the whistle, not wait 20minutes. That’s two games in a row so no doubt Franco will be all over that. Like all Scottish sides, we simply aren’t streetwise enough at the breakdown and getting pinged for getting trapped. Although, am I alone in thinking that I heard the ref tell Stafford that if you fall on that side then you run the risk of getting pinned in, and then later warn the Glasgow players for not allowing the Munster players to roll away?? Need to be more streetwise to match the Irish teams in particular in that regard…

    Workrate and discipline and both fixable.

    Good to be at home next Friday to get this one out of our system, but with a seemingly increasing injury list (are Smith and Rowe ok?) hope that more are available for selection!

  10. Well that was shambolic. Just flabbergasted at the tactics from kick off and all restarts. As last week, Glasgow’s tactic seems to be to boot the ball long on every occasion, which just gave the ball to the opposition to run back at them and score! Last week it took till the 65th minute for Glasgow to put up a competitive restart. They got away with it last week because Ulster fell apart after 20 minutes of domination but that was never on the cards tonight.
    They had plenty chances to practice their restarts tonight! I mean, that wasn’t what cost them the match, not on its own, but added to the three missed conversions, the loads of fumbled and misdirected passes, the two yellow cards, and the ludicrous lack of self discipline… they never had a chance.
    A losing bonus point away to Munster is never awful, but that was a mess.

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  11. Not to worried about this game, a lot of first choice forwards missing against a top class team and it showed in Munsters top strength, the breakdown. Ref was very harsh in this area (but fairly to both sides). A number of high shots that could have been brought up but never going to get the rub of the green away.

    Thought Kennedy was disappointing but might not have all been his fault. Weir had some nice kicks to touch but was awful at converting points 1 out of 5 kicks?

    Driving Maul was very good, and Munster were unusually bad in this area.

    Thought Afshar looked fast and sharp passing coming off the bench, i would have him as Hornes back-up next week.

    Disappointing performance but long season to go, look forward to playing Munster again with both sides full strength.

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  12. Abysmal. Played like they’d never seen each other, or worse, set moves that were horlicked. I expect this will be our six nations. Shocked but shouldn’t be surprised.

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    • Calm Down, we had perhaps 5 first choice players in the starting team against a near full-strength Munster.

      The only team which could overtake Glasgow as the number 1 side this weekend are Leinster and they don’t have the easiest match.

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