Glasgow v Munster

It's a big night in Scotstoun for Rassie Erasmus's side as they reach business end of pool stages

John O'Sullivan Sat, Jan 14
 
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  • 17:01
    Hello and welcome to the second Irish Times rugby live blog of the day. John O'Sullivan here and I'll be taking you through the events at Scotstoun where Glasgow Warriors and Munster clash in a mouthwatering tie.  
  • 17:04
    Just a bit of housekeeping. Wasps beat Toulouse so going into the final round of matches, Connacht 66-21 winners over Zebre, lead the pool on 18 points, Wasps are on 17 and Toulouse on 14. Connacht travel to the Stade Earnest Wallon on Sunday week in the final round of matches.  
  • 17:05
    Northampton Saints beat Castres so the French club will have nothing for which to play when Leinster (the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals after Friday night's thumping 57-3 victory over Montpellier) come calling next Friday night.  
  • 17:07
    Right it's time to focus on the Munster game. Hopefully they can follow the lead of leinster and Coannacht, albeit that Munster have a much tougher task, against Gregor Townsend's Glasgow Warriors.  
  • 17:07

    Here are the teams.

     

    Glasgow Warriors: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar, Lee Jones; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson, Jonny Gray (c), Robert Harley, Ryan Wilson, Josh Strauss

     

    Replacements: Pat MacArthur, Alex Allan, D'Arcy Rae, Matt Fagerson, Chris Fusaro, Grayson Hart, Nick Grigg, Pete Murchie

     

    Munster Rugby: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, Donnacha Ryan, Peter O'Mahony (c), Jack O'Donoghue, CJ Stander

     

    Replacements: Rhys Marshall, James Cronin, Thomas Du Toit, Dave Foley, Billy Holland, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Francis Saili

     

    Referee: Luke Pearce (England).

     

    Assistant ref: Matthew Carley (England), Assistant ref: Wayne Falla (England).

     

    TMO: Graham Hughes (England).

     

    Citing Commissioner: Andy Blyth (England)

  • 17:09
    A more in depth look at the Glasgow team.  
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  • 17:12
    I wonder if the artificial pitch will give Glasgow an advantage. I won't wonder about it for too long though.  
  • 17:12
  • 17:13
    First victory of the night goes to Glasgow.....the coin toss.  
  • 17:13
  • 17:14
    There are 17 minutes to kickoff.  
  • 17:15
    Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend: "It feels like a very big game. The atmosphere at our home games have been electric. We know what this game means to our supporters and players. We will concenrate on what has worked for us in the past."    
  • 17:15
  • 17:20
    Munster coach Rassie Erasmus: "It's exciting and a little bit nerve racking. I hope we don't focus on the result (it's) just about playing well. We must try and put the pressure on them."  
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  • 17:22
    Munster have won 10 of their last 11 matches since the teams met in the second round of pool matches in the Champions Cup at Thomond Park. The only defeat came against the Leicester Tigers at Welford Road when Owen Williams kicked a last minute penalty from the halfway line.  
  • 17:22
  • 17:23
    We always knew it was difficult to hold CJ Stander back.  
  • 17:23
  • 17:25
    There are about three minutes to kickoff.  
  • 17:26
    Okay the pool table is as follows. Munster have 16 points, Glasgow have 13 and the Leicester Tigers who play Racing 92 away have eight.  
  • 17:27
    Scotstoun is packed to capacity.  
  • 17:28
    Four changes for Munster from last week's win over Racing. Dave Kilcoyne, Jean Kleyn, Jack O'Donoghue and Keith Earls come into the starting lineup.  
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  • 17:29
    Munster in the tunnel, Glasgow having a last hug and squeeze.  
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  • 17:30
    It's a cold, raw night in Glasgow. Don't think anyone in the ground is going tonotice for the next 80-minutes plus.  
  • 17:30
    Focus on Tommy Seymour the former Ulster and now Glasgow and Scotland wing; eight tries in 11 matches.  
  • 17:31
    Glasgow's Finn Russell will get the game underway.  
  • 17:32
    Conor Murray gets a late hit from a box kick. Ryan Wilson the culprit but it's play on. Alex Dunbar with a 30-metre break.  
  • 17:33
    Munster have only conceded three tries, the best of any teamn in the tournament, in their four matches.  
  • 17:34
    Munster get a lineout penalty and can clear; about 12 metres from their own line.  
  • 17:35
    Munster hooker Niall Scannell is penalised for a throw that was definitely not straight. The first scrum of the match.  
  • 17:37
    Great break off the back of the scrum from Josh Strauss, makes 15 metres. Good continuity from the home side and some powerful carries but the pressure which takes Glasgow into the Munster 22 ends when Finn Russell chips away possession.  
  • 17:38
    Glasgow with a lienout on the Munster 22
  • 17:39
    Ball goes loose after a few phases and Glasgow are penalised at the ensuing ruck. Six Minutes of Glasgow pressure comes to nought.  
  • 17:40
    Glasgow disrupt another Munster lineout. Jonny Gray forces the knock-on.  
  • 17:40
    Munster have coughed up possession at their first two lineouts, a minor concern at this point.  
  • 17:43
    Glasgow get the nudge on and then it's a bit of a scramble. Stuart Hogg shoves the ball through on the ground and Simon Zebo has to run it into touch on his 22 metre line.  
  • 17:43
    Glasgow catch and drive, Munster sack.  
  • 17:44
    When the home side move the ball wide after a couple of phases Russell drops the ball. Munster with a scrum just outside their 22. There are 11 minutes gone.  
  • 17:45
    There was good work in contact by Munster's Jaco Taute to force the error.  
  • 17:46
    PENALTY: Dave Kilcoyne penalised for dropping on his side. Called in by the touch judge.  
  • 17:46
    Russell point to the posts.  
  • 17:47

    PENALTY: RUSSELL

    13 mins: Glasgow 3 Munster 0



  • 17:48
    Russell makes no mistake from 24 metres. Stander carries hard from the re-start but two rucks later on the halfway Glasgow poach possession but then knock on.  
  • 17:49
    Warriors' tighthead Zander Fagerson penalised at the scrum. That's one apiece.  
  • 17:49
    Tyler Bleyendaal is going to have a go at the posts from the halway line.  
  • 17:50
    His effort just drops short.  
  • 17:51
    Bit of a schemozzle after a quick Munster lineout throw. Lot of holding and dragging. Ryan Wilson and Peter O'Mahony will get a dressing down.  
  • 17:51
    Munster lineout, won by Kleyn.  
  • 17:52
    Great catch Seymour from Murray's box kick. Nice pirouette too.  
  • 17:53
    Murray again complains of a late hit as he box kicks. Strauss is the man and it was perfectly legal.  
  • 17:53
    Munster catch and drive, taking play to the Glasgow 22.  
  • 17:54
    High tackle on Earls. Lee Jones the guilty player. Clumsy not malicious.  
  • 17:55

    PENALTY: BLEYENDAAL


    20 mins: Glasgow 3 Munster 3

  • 17:55
    The Munster outhalf makes no mistake from 20 metres. Stander drops the re-start in his 22 and Glasgow get the put-in.  
  • 17:57
    Great tackle from Murray, thumping hit on Ali Price. Another Glasgow scrum.  
  • 17:59
    Superb turnover from Jack O'Donoghue. Murray box kicks, Andrew Conway beats Hogg in the air on the Glasgow 10-metre line.  
  • 18:00
    Very slick lineout move, inside pass to Kilcoyne who makes 15 metres and brings play into the Glasgow 22.  
  • 18:01
    Munster are six metres from the Glasgow line. O'Mahony carries, then Ryan,  then Rory Scannell, Stander; two metres out.  
  • 18:02
    Glasgow win a breakdown penalty.  
  • 18:03
    Price box kick, Seymour knock on. There have been a lot of mistakes. It's been a scrappy first 28 minutes. Munster won't care though.
  • 18:03
    Glasgow pre-engare at the scrum. Freekick. Another scrum called for on the halfway line.  
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  • 18:05
    Bleyendaal crosskicks. Ball bounces around. Munster reclaim. Four phases of going nowhere and Fagerson wins a penalty at a ruck.  
  • 18:06
    Hoggs goes for the posts from the halfway line.  
  • 18:06
    PENALTY: HOGG
  • 18:07

    Jeez that cleared the crossbar by a few metres. A super strike from the Glasgow and Scotland fullback.  


    32 mins: Glasgow 6 Munster 3

  • 18:09
    Strauss gives away a stupid penalty and then opens his mouth and rightly gets marched back 10-metres. Bit of pushing and shoving.  
  • 18:10

    PENALTY: BLEYENDAAL

    34 mins: Glasgow 6 Munster 6



  • 18:10
    The extra 10 metres made it a gimme of a kick and the Munster outhalf make no mistake.  
  • 18:11
    Munster will be the far happier side.  
  • 18:11
    Some of Glasgow's passing has been atrocious.  
  • 18:14
    Donnacha Ryan penalised for a high tackle. Finn Russell was about to take it five metres closer than it should have been. Referee Luke Pearce on the intervention of the TMO Graham Hughes moves the ball back to the halfway line. Glasgow switches kickers but Hogg can't land it this time.  
  • 18:15
    Another box kick, another knock-on. It's pretty turgid. Feisty but turgid.  
  • 18:15
    A Glasgow scrum will be the last play of the half.  
  • 18:16
    HALF-TIME: Glasgow 6 Munster 6
  • 18:17
    It's not a beauty contest for Munster and their supporters won't care one iota that the rugby has been of a poor to middling standard.  
  • 18:19
    Glasgow dominated the first 10-minutes but Munster's excellent defence was resolute. The visitors gradually grew into the game. Both sides gave away silly penalties. Both sides favour the box-kick (a couple of Conor Murray's have been deliciously accurate) while Glasgow's passing in the three quarter line is about a J3 standard (no offence to the latter).  
  • 18:20
    The crowd are frustrated. Glasgow supporters booing referee Luke Pearce as he ran off the pitch at halftime.  
  • 18:20
  • 18:20
    So what do Munster have to do in the second half?  
  • 18:22
    They need to be a little more accurate at the breakdown, show greater patience because when they have kept possession they have won penalties; seven to be precise. John Ryan is having another big game.  
  • 18:24
    Murray's box kicks have been complemented by Munster's aerial chase. They have been better than Glasgow in this facet of the game. The Warriors have been better at the breakdown and tried to play more rugby. They have turned over two Munster lineouts and one scrum.  
  • 18:25
    There are no neutrals in Scotstoun, so the happiness/sadness factor will be determined by the outcome, not whether the standard of the rugby improves in the second half. As things stand Munster will be happier.  
  • 18:28
    Jonny Gray is writing some notes on his hand in the dressing room.  
  • 18:29
    Munster defence coach Jacques Nienaber will have drilled into the players the importance of being more vigilant on the fringes of the rucks.  
  • 18:30
    The teams are back out on the pitch.  
  • 18:32
    Bleyendaal starts the second half.  
  • 18:32
    Munster with some hard carrying but Zebo fumbles a pass.  
  • 18:33
  • 18:34
    Decent passage of rugby. Glasgow get a few offloads going. Swinson in particular. Munster comfortable in defence.  
  • 18:36
    Hogg and Price both find soft shoulders; the home side are in the Munster 22.  
  • 18:36
    Earls with a brilliant intercept, Russell with the mistake.  
  • 18:37
    Glasgow lineout on the Munster 10 metre line.  
  • 18:39
    The best passage of rugby in the match. Width, pace and lines of running all excellent from the home side culminates in a penalty which Russell taps over.
  • 18:40
    PENALTY: RUSSELL
  • 18:41
    47 mins: Glasgow 9 Munster 6
  • 18:41
    James Cronin on for Kilcoyne.  
  • 18:42
    Fraser Brown gives away a penalty, not releasing in the tackle. Bleyendaal should level matters up. All came from Kleyn's charge down of a Russell kick from the re-start.
  • 18:43

    PENALTY: BLEYENDAAL


    50 mins: Glasgow 9 Munster 9

  • 18:44
    Munster got some nice momentum with some carries from Cronin and Murray but scruffily lost the ball on the Glasgow 10-metre line.
  • 18:46
    Glasgow with a superb lineout move that sees Price career into the Munster 22 but Stander does brilliantly to turn the ball over 10 metres from the Munster line.  
  • 18:46
    Glasgow lineout on the Munster 22. Billy Holland is on for Kleyn.  
  • 18:47
    Sorry it was a Munster throw-in but Glasgow have turned it over and will get scrum.  
  • 18:48
    There are 25-minutes left at Scotstoun.  
  • 18:48
    Dunbar loses the ball in contact. Zebo with an excellent clearance to the halfway line.  
  • 18:49
    Francis Saili for Taute.  
  • 18:50
    Bleyendaal slices a cross-kick, ball bounces around, Dunbar gathers. Stander penalised. Russell brings play into the Munster 22.  
  • 18:51
    Stander offside from the lineout maul.  
  • 18:52
    Russell points at the posts. The kick is from 22 metres halfway from the centre of the pitch to the touchline.  
  • 18:53

    PENALTY: RUSSELL


    59 mins: Glasgow 12 Munter 9

  • 18:53
    Tomas du Toit on for John Ryan.  
  • 18:54
    Conway penalised from the re-start. Russell with another good line kick.  
  • 18:55
    Good news for Munster is that there is no chance of a four try bonus point for Glasgow. That's definitely off the agenda based on the first three quarters of the match.  
  • 18:56
    Break in play. Conor Murray down. Cameras have zoomed out. That's not a good sign. Hopefully he's fine.  
  • 18:56
    No it's okay he's fine. Phew.  
  • 18:56
    Murray caught an elbow to the head.  
  • 18:56
    He stays on the pitch.  
  • 18:57
    No HIA required.  
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  • 18:58
    Play will resume with a Glasgow scrum on the halfway line. Freekick to Glasgow for Munster pre-engaging. Home side opt for another scrum.  
  • 18:59
    Murray takes another wallop physically this time from Strauss but then Russell throws a pass to the invisible man who wasn't expecting it. Glasgow lose about 25 metres.  
  • 19:00
    Munster lineout on the Glasgow 10 metre line.  
  • 19:01
    Murray off to get a HIA this time and Duncan Williams is on.  
  • 19:02
    Nice kick there from Rory Scannell. Glasgow lineout about 25 metres from their own line.  
  • 19:03
    Rhys Marshall on for Niall Scannell.  
  • 19:04
    Price with a loose clearance kick. Munster with a lineout on the Glasgow 22.  
  • 19:04
  • 19:05
    Really good from Munster, straight, hard carrying; six metres from the Glasgow line. Is this the game defining moment?
  • 19:06
    Saili nearly in. Half a metre out.  
  • 19:07
    Conway gets over the line but doesn't look like he grounded it. He may have been the victim of a high challenge.  
  • 19:07
    Gone to TMO Graham Hughes.  
  • 19:08
    High hit by Hogg. Penalty, definitely.  
  • 19:09
    YELLOW CARD: Hogg. No try. Penalty five metres out to Munster.  
  • 19:09
    Glasgow will finish the game with 14 men.  
  • 19:10
    Conor Murray is back on. O'Mahony gets Bleyendaal to kick to the corner. Brave call. I like it.  
  • 19:11
    Munster going for the win. Maul inching forward.  
  • 19:11
    TRY: SAILI
  • 19:13

    Maul is stopped but Munster work the ball wide and Earls awareness is so good steps back against the cover and offloads beautifully to the Saili on the overlap. Bleyendaal misses conversion.


    72 mins: Glasgow 12 Munster 14

  • 19:13
    Charge down and Glasgow have the ball in the Munster 22.  
  • 19:14
    Russell is dropping back into the pocket.  
  • 19:14
    There are six minutes left.  
  • 19:15
    Glasgow going side to side just on the 22 metre line having been driven back.  
  • 19:16
    Ian Keatley on for Zebo, O'Mahony off for a HIA. Glasgow turn over the ball. Russell bottled that. Should have taken on the drop goal 90-seconds earlier.  
  • 19:16
    Munster have a scrum halfway between their 22 and the 10 metre line. There are four minutes left.  
  • 19:18
    Munster clear down to the Glasgow 22. Great break by Swinson but Russell unbelievably kicks the ball away. He's had a horrible night, making a lot of high profile errors.  
  • 19:18
    Glasgow lineout three metres inside in the Munster half. There are 90 seconds left.  
  • 19:18
    The home side have been called for one stop.  
  • 19:19
    Glasgow are going side to side on the halfway line. There are 30 seconds left. Jones bundled into touch. Munster have the match in the bag now.  
  • 19:20
    Munster are the second team to qualify for the quarterfinals following Leinster into the last eight. They play Racing 92 at home next week and should guarantee a home game in the last eight.  
  • 19:20
    FULL-TIME: Glasgow 12 Munster 14
  • 19:22
    Great result for Munster and to be honest who cares about the performance. Sure it was patchy but the result is all that matters. Munster found a way to win and scored the game's only try. Glasgow will reflect on a win that got away. They didn't have the bravery to win the match and Munster did.  
  • 19:23
    Peter O'Mahony's decision to go to the corner with a penalty was a brave won but this is what happed as a result.  
  • 19:23
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  • 19:24
    Munster go to celebrate with their supporters.  
  • 19:24
    Jim offshore Qatar Great stuff. Thanks for the timely quality commentary ... go on Munster!!
  • 19:25
  • 19:27
    Glasgow Warriors outhalf Finn Russell: "It was an even game but they got the break of the try at the end. I definitely think I should have (taken the drop). In hindsight I should have taken it on."  
  • 19:27
    Glasgow can still qualify if they go down and beat the Leicester Tigers at Welford Road. On the evidence of today's game that looks beyond them.  
  • 19:29
    Munster's defence once again outstanding. They have conceded just three tries in five matches in the tournament and it got them through at Scotstoun again.  
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  • 19:30
    Gerry Thornley's match report will be in soon and can be read here.  
  • 19:31
  • 19:32
    Johnny Watterson will be blogging tomorrow evening's match between the Exeter Chiefs and Ulster at Sandy Park (5.15). He's a lovely turn of phrase and is worth joining. Thank you for your kind comments this afternoon. Connacht win, Munster win, Leinster and Munster make the quarterfinals; it's been a cracking weekend so far.