Munster v Glasgow

An emotional occasion is in store at Thomond Park just days after Anthony Foley's death

RuaidhrĂ­ Croke Sat, Oct 22
 
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  • 12:00
    Good afternoon and welcome to The Irish Times liveblog of Munster's Champions Cup clash with Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park (kick off: 1pm). I'm Ruaidhrí Croke and I'll be here to take you through all of the action on what's sure to be a highly emotionally-charged day at Thomond Park. You can get involved by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog or you can get me on Twitter @Ruaidhri_Croke.
  • 12:07

    There's no doubt that this game comes around too soon. Just six days after Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley passed away suddenly at the age of 42 in Paris, the province of which he was such an integral part begin their Champions Cup campaign.  

    It's impossible to even begin to imagine what frame of mind these Munster players are in going into this game. It's simply impossible for them to be fully focussed on the 80 minutes ahead but that is the task at hand.

    And let's not forget about Glasgow, this will be a difficult day for them as well. They have had to prepare not knowing whether or not this game will go ahead and will also be affected by the emotions on show in Limerick today.  

    But the world goes on, and sport goes on. This is a vital game for Munster and their European hopes this season.  

    Team news to follow.

  • 12:10
    MUNSTER:  Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland, Peter O'Mahony (capt), Tommy O'Donnell, CJ Stander.

    Replacements:  Duncan Casey, Brian Scott, Stephen Archer, Robin Copeland, Jack O'Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Ronan O'Mahony.

    GLASGOW WARRIORS:  Stuart Hogg; Sean Lamont, Alex Dunbar, Sam Johnson, Rory Hughes; Finn Russell, Henry Pyrgos (co-capt); Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson, Jonny Gray (co-capt), Rob Harley, Ryan Wilson, Josh Strauss.

    Replacements:  Pat MacArthur, Alex Allan, Sila Puafisi, Lewis Wynne, Simone Favaro, Ali Price, Mark Bennett, Peter Murchie.
  • 12:12
  • 12:20

    Anthony Foley  was a family man, a husband, father, son and brother to those remarkably warm and embracing Foleys. He was also a man of his parish and town, Killaloe; of his school, St Munchin’s College across the Clare-Limerick  border; of his club Shannon; of his province  Munster; and his country Ireland. That was the tree of his rugby life and he never wavered in his loyalty to them all, and he remained rooted in his school and his club.

    Take some time to read Gerry Thornley's in-depth account of Anthony Foley's journey through rugby from his schooldays at St Munchin's to a Heineken Cup winner and Ireland stalwart.

    Anthony Foley: A leader forged at St Munchin's who blossomed at Shannon

    It’s too soon. It can provide little or no comfort to the people who have been heartbroken the most. It’s about more than a rugby match and yet not only is not a normal rugby match, the result has never seemed to matter so little.

    Gerry Thornley also previews today's clash against a strong Glasgow side.

    Glasgow game a uniquely difficult task for Munster

  • 12:23
  • 12:35
  • 12:39

    Tributes have begun on the Thomond Park pitch with the Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir giving a rendition of Fields of Athenry while the two teams warm-up.

  • 12:42
  • 12:50
  • 12:51
    Less than 10 minutes until kick-off now as the two sides return to their respective dressing rooms for a final team talk before rugby finally takes centre stage.
  • 12:57
    Players from Shannon RFC and St Munchin's will form a guard of honour for the two teams as they emerge onto the pitch after a rousing rendition of Stand Up and Fight.  
  • 13:01
    The Munster team is on the pitch with CJ Stander donning the number 24 after Foley's old number 8 jersey was retired in his honour. We will have a minute's silence before kick off.
  • 13:03
    1 min: A perfectly observed minute's silence comes to an end and we are underway!  (Munster 0 Glasgow 0)
  • 13:04
  • 13:05
    2 mins: It's been a bit of a frantic start with possession changing hands quickly. Finn Russell kicks long into the Munster half and the home side will have the lineout.  (Munster 0 Glasgow 0)
  • 13:07

    TRY FOR MUNSTER! (BLEYENDAAL, 4')

    MUNSTER 5 GLASGOW 0

  • 13:09
    5 mins: What a start for Munster! From the lineout in their own half O'Mahony won it in the air and the home side mauled to the Glasgow 22. Early took it from the back, spotted the gap and burst through before finding Bleyendaal who weaved past the Glasgow backline and forced his way over the line despite a late tackle. A superb move from Munster and it's converted by Bleyendaal as well.  (Munster 7 Glasgow 0)
  • 13:12
    8 mins: Glasgow move through the phases in their own half but struggle to make any progress against a resilient Munster defence. A knock-on gives the visitors a scrum on halfway and Russell takes the opportunity to kick for touch into the Munster 22.  (Munster 7 Glasgow 0)
  • 13:13

    9 mins:  Glasgow win the lineout and look to maul but Munster are having none of it and manage to turn it over. They'll have a scrum just inside their 22.  (Munster 7 Glasgow 0)

  • 13:15
    10 mins: Donnacha Ryan comes in off his feet in the ruck and Glasgow get a close range penalty which Russell puts between the posts easily.  (Munster 7 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:17
    12 mins: Glasgow concede another penalty on the halfway for not moving away. It's kicked to touch and Munster will have a lineout on the visitor's 22.  (Munster 7 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:18

    TRY FOR MUNSTER! (TAUTE, 14')

    MUNSTER 12 GLASGOW 3

  • 13:21
    15 mins: This is absolutely ferocious play from Munster and they score a deserved second try. Scannell's lineout was way too long and the visitors collected but Stander was straight in to turnover. Munster mauled forward and went through the phases in the Glasgow 22. Bleyendaal has been nothing short of superb so far and is pulling all of the strings at number 10. He collected after Scannell made a burst forward before spinning a perfect pass out to Taute on the left for his first European try. Bleyendaal can do absolutely no wrong at the moment and duly converts to give Munster an 11 point lead.  (Munster 14 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:24
    18 mins: What a hit from Taute! Glasgow won the ball from a Munster lineout and shifted it across to the left where Russell collected. But before he even had a second to look up the South African charged into him to dispossess with an earth-shattering tackle.  (Munster 14 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:25
    19 mins: Earls could be in trouble here after an overly aggresive dump tackle on Fraser Brown...(Munster 14 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:27
    19 MINS: RED CARD FOR KEITH EARLS!
  • 13:30

    20 mins: Well there can be no arguing with that. It was highly dangerous play from Earls as he lifted Russell's leg well past horizontal and dumped him on the ground. It's all turning a bit ugly now as he leaves the pitch letting the Glasgow players know what he thinks. Munster must control the emotions here and not go over the top as Earls has just done.  

    Russell's kick flies right and wide and the gap remains 11 points.  (Munster 14 Glasgow 3)

  • 13:31
    21 mins: This is going to be a serious task for Munster now with over an hour to go with just 14 men. Munster have a scrum just inside the Munster half.  (Munster 14 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:35
    23 mins: The scrum is worked out left where Zebo is forced into touch for a Glasgow lineout but Holland rises to win it back for Munster. That sets the attack away and Munster get a penalty. Bleyendaal kicks for the corner and it'll be a Munster lineout in a good position.  (Munster 14 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:37
    25 mins: Scannell's throw is poor again and Glasgow get the scrum as it's not straight. But Munster are operating on something completely different today - they drive Glasgow back to within feet of their tryline with a monstrous scrum! Bleyendaal will kick for the posts...  (Munster 14 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:38
    27 mins: It's there! Another perfect effort from the Kiwi splits the posts and Munster move 14 points ahead.  (Munster 17 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:41
    29 mins: Russell's kick for touch from the halfway is way overjudged and goes out on the full. Munster will have a acrum.  (Munster 17 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:43
    30 mins: Scannell takes it from the scrum and leaves Henry Pyrgos for dead before finding Zebo who is streaking down the left. He drives for the line but is brought down inches short by Stuart Hogg! He managed to roll towards the line and get the ball down but the referee has had to go to the TMO, it's tough to see if he got it over...(Munster 17 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:44

    TRY FOR MUNSTER! (ZEBO, 30')

    MUNSTER 22 GLASGOW 3

  • 13:46
    31 mins: It's been given! What an incredible opening half an hour for Munster! The TMO judges Zebo to have got the ball down right on the line and Munster are awarded their third try. Bleyendaal, from the sideline, puts it straight through the middle of the posts again! This is an inspired performance. Munster are now just one try from a bonus point and we're not even at half-time yet!  (Munster 24 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:49
    34 mins: There is absolutely no stopping Munster today. They rampage into the Glasgow half again, win a penalty and find touch right on the tryline.  (Munster 24 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:51
    35 mins: Munster start a maul towards the line but Glasgow do well to force them out of play and win a lineout. From there Pyrgos is able to kick clear and give his side a breather. But in truth Glasgow have simply been passengers so far today. Munster are absolutely inspired. Whether or not they can maintain this level for 80 minutes is the question.  (Munster 24 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:53
    38 mins: A superb kick from Hogg goes deep into the Munster 22 and into touch. Glasgow get a lineout five metres from the Munster tryline but agains Holland rises to catch and Bleyendaal is able to clear.  (Munster 24 Glasgow 3)
  • 13:55
    HALF TIME: MUNSTER 24 GLASGOW WARRIORS 3
  • 13:59
    What an inspired half of rugby from the home team. They've been driven on by the emotion of the occasion and have used it - bar the one incident of Earls' red card - positively. It's going to be tough to maintain that level in the second half, particularly with only 14 men but the size of their lead will stand to them. Just one more try and it'll be a bonus point and a perfect win on a less than perfect day in Limerick.
  • 14:07
  • 14:11
    41 mins: Munster get the second half underway!  (Munster 24 Glasgow 3)
  • 14:14
    42 mins: Munster make another scintillating start to this half and go straight into the attack. Through 11 phases they build right up to the Glasgow tryline and Murray makes a dive for the base of the post. It's gone to the TMO for what could be Munster's fourth and bonus point try...(Munster 24 Glasgow 3)
  • 14:15
    43 mins: No try! Superb work from Alex Allan prevented the try as he blocked the base of the post with his hands and Munster get a five metre scrum.  (Munster 24 Glasgow 3)
  • 14:17
    44 mins: Stander picks from the back of the scrum and dives for the tryline but he comes up inches short thanks to a good tackle from Russell! They'll take the scrum again...(Munster 24 Glasgow 3)
  • 14:20
    46 mins: Conor Murray shifts it left to Donnacha Ryan who dives for the line but again comes up inches short. However Munster have the advantage and eventually get another scrum from the same position. They must be coming close to a penalty try here...(Munster 24 Glasgow 3)
  • 14:20

    PENALTY TRY FOR MUNSTER!

    MUNSTER 29 GLASGOW 3

  • 14:21
    47 mins: Well it was certainly coming after three dominant scrums for Munster right on the Glasgow tryline. That's the bonus point for the home side and a huge lead as Bleyendaal easily slots the conversion over.  (Munster 31 Glasgow 3)
  • 14:27
    52 mins: Glasgow are finally seeing a bit of the ball now and go through the phases in the Munster 22. However Sweetnam bursts forward to intercept for Munster and win the put in to a scrum for his side. They're not giving the visitors an inch today, it's incredible stuff to watch.  (Munster 31 Glasgow 3)
  • 14:32

    55 mins: Glasgow can do nothing right at the moment and another Russell kick from the halfway goes out past the Munster tryline. The home side will have the put-in to a scrum.  (Munster 31 Glasgow 3)

  • 14:33
    57 mins: From the scrum Munster work it down the right and get an advantage. The penalty eventually comes and Bleyendaal kicks for the corner and a lineout.  (Munster 31 Glasgow 3)
  • 14:35
    59 mins: Glasgow manage to turn the scrum around and kick for touch to relieve a bit of pressure but not for long as it'll be a Munster lineout again.  (Munster 31 Glasgow 3)
  • 14:39
    62 mins: Superb defence from Munster! For the first time the Glasgow wingers get a bit of a run at the Munster line as Hughes streaks towards a try but four Munster defenders charge across to drive him out of play.  (Munster 31 Glasgow 3)
  • 14:41
    65 mins: Glasgow try to build momentum in the maul but Munster stop them. However it's done illegally and the visitors get the penalty from which they kick to touch right at the Munster tryline.  (Munster 31 Glasgow 3)
  • 14:42

    TRY FOR GLASGOW! (MACARTHUR, 66')

    MUNSTER 31 GLASGOW 8

  • 14:44
    67 mins: From the lineout Glasgow maul towards the line and work it well to the back where MacArthur collects and bursts through to the line. Stuart Hogg fires over the conversion and Glasgow have some sort of starting point for what would be a miraculous comeback.  (Munster 31 Glasgow 10)
  • 14:49

    TRY FOR GLASGOW!

    MUNSTER 31 GLASGOW 17

  • 14:51
    70 mins: Munster drive towards the Glasgow tryline but Sweetnam knocks on, Glasgow get the possession and break forward. Munster manage to hold them up but to no avail as Mark Bennett goes over for his side's second try. Hogg kicks through the posts again and the gap narrows further. Glasgow have the man advantage remember...  (Munster 31 Glasgow 17)
  • 14:52
    73 mins: Munster need to hold onto the ball and run the clock down here. They're doing so well at the moment just inside the Glasgow 22.  (Munster 31 Glasgow 17)
  • 14:54

    TRY FOR MUNSTER! (SCANNELL, 75')

    MUNSTER 36 GLASGOW 17

  • 14:55
    75 mins: Well Munster aren't content just to hold onto possession, they want more! Some excellent pick-and-drives work Munster up to towards the Glasgow tryline before Scannell collects, shimmies to the left and dives over the line. Ian Keatley, who has replaced Bleyendaal, fires over his first conversion.  (Munster 38 Glasgow 17)
  • 15:00
    80 mins: Glasgow going through the phases in the Munster 22 now in search of a consolation try.  (Munster 38 Glasgow 17)
  • 15:01
    FULL TIME: MUNSTER 38 GLASGOW 17
  • 15:06
    The tears are flowing in Thomond Park as the Munster players give a lap of honour. What an incredible win and what an incredible day. The word 'inspired' is used far too much in sport these days but that was an absolutely inspired performance from Munster. Glasgow never had a sniff. From start to finish today was Munster's day and they have given Anthony Foley the best possible tribute.
  • 15:11

    Peter O'Mahony has been speaking to Sky Sports: "We showed up, they showed up for a massive occasion. We came out here to play like Axel would have wanted us to play and we play for Olive and the kids and I hope to god we made them proud.

    "He would have wanted us to get out there and express ourselves. And this man [Tyler Bleyendaal] led the charge."

  • 15:14

    So, that's it from me on a momentus day for Munster Rugby. Gerry Thornley's report and reaction from Thomond Park will be available at irishtimes.com/sport within a half an hour so make sure to stay tuned.

    Thanks for reading along, bye!