Glasgow Warriors vs Munster Rugby, Fri, 16/05/2014 - 19:35

In a game of epic proportions, the Warriors stepped up to the plate and delivered the best result in the club’s history.Jonny Gray

In what was their ninth win in a row, Glasgow secured their place in the RaboDirect PRO12 Final for the first time in their history after defeating Munster by just one point.

After a tight first half, where Munster scored a try, the Warriors led 9-7 at the break.

In the second half, Gordon Reid stepped up to score a famous try in the corner. With just one point in it as the game drew to a close, Scotstoun erupted when the final whistle blew!!

Townsend made a number of alterations to the side which thumped Zebra 54-0 last week with Peter Murchie coming in for Stuart Hogg. Sean Maitland and Tommy Seymour were also among the players included.

In front of the capacity crowd, Glasgow started in promising fashion, driving forward at every opportunity, backed by the raucous home support.

After 10 minutes though, on Munster’s first attack, their captain Damien Varley crossed the line.

The referee looked to the TMO for assistance and, despite there not being conclusive evidence on the big screen to suggest the ball had been grounded, the score was awarded.

The try was then converted giving Munster a 7-0 lead but Glasgow were soon on the scoreboard through a Finn Russell penalty, shortly after Mark Bennett slotted a kick wide.

Stereotypically Munster were strong at the breakdown and proved a tough team to overcome.

On the half hour mark, they broke for the line after a long period of play took place in the centre of the pitch.

To finish off the move, Simon Zebo dived for the line from a ruck. After a long wait, the TMO came to the decision that the ball hadn’t reached the tryline.

As half-time approached, the crowd became restless but the Warrior Nation were soon on their feet after Finn Russell banged over a penalty.

With the game on a knife-edge the Warriors remained resolute and went in 9-7 up at the break when Finn Russell slotted his third penalty of the evening.

After the break, the Warriors crowd increased the noise and the roof was blown off Scotstoun when substitute Gordon Reid reached out his shovel of a hand and scored a well-deserved try.

As has become protocol at the Warriors, Finn Russell was on target with the conversion giving his side a nine-point lead.

It was soon reduced to just four though when Munster broke forward and found space on the left wing where Sean Dougall touched down before the conversion was missed.

The tension was palpable inside Scotstoun and after 59 minutes the crowd were on their feet once again when Maitland kicked forward. Zebo fumbled and Harley was onto it like a terrier forcing Munster to hastily boot the ball clear. The clearance gave Glasgow a chance but the visitors held strong.

They then rattled over a penalty to bring them within just one point of Warriors’ total as 15 minutes remained, ensuring a nerve-shredding end to the match.

With every passage of play, the Warrior Nation became increasingly nervous but as the referee put the whistle to his lips for the final time, there were scenes of delirium with the players lauding the supporters post-match in delight.

 

Glasgow Warriors: Murchie, S. Maitland, Bennett, Dunbar, Seymour, Russell, Cusiter, Grant, Hall, Welsh, Gray, Kellock, Harley, Fusaro, Strauss.

Replacements: Nakarawa for Strauss (30), Jackson for Bennett (67), Matawalu for Cusiter (67), Reid for Grant (26), MacArthur for Hall (53), Cross for Welsh (53), Swinson for Kellock (58), S. Lamont for Fusaro (72).

Munster: Jones, Earls, Laulala, Downey, Zebo, Keatley, Murray, Kilcoyne, Varley, Botha, Foley, O'Connell, Stander, Dougall, Coughlan.

Replacements: Hanrahan for Jones (38), Conway for Laulala (12), Cronin for Kilcoyne (67), D. O'Callaghan for Foley (67), Butler for Dougall (62). Not Used: MacDonald, J. Ryan, Williams.

Team lineups

Glasgow Warriors
Munster Rugby

Backs

15 Felix Jones
14 Keith Earls
13 Casey Laulala
12 James Downey
11 Simon Zebo
10 Ian Keatley
9 Conor Murray

Forwards

1 Dave Kilcoyne
2 Damien Varle
3 BJ Botha
4 Dave Foley
5 Paul O'Connell
6 CJ Stander
7 Sean Dougall
8 James Coughlan

Substitutes

16 Quentin MacDonald
17 James Cronin
18 John Ryan
19 Donncha O'Callaghan
20 Paddy Butler
21 Duncan Williams
22 JJ Hanrahan
23 Andrew Conway
Attendance: 
10 000
Man of the match: 
Jonny Gray