Match Preview | Munster
Glasgow Warriors return to Guinness PRO14 action this Monday night, as Danny Wilson’s squad welcome Munster to Scotstoun.
Last weekend’s postponed fixture against the Dragons saw the Warriors enjoy a bye week following defeat to Ulster a fortnight ago, with the squad putting in the hard yards on the pitch at Scotstoun during the last two weeks.
With both of last season’s meetings with Munster having fallen victim to the COVID-19-enforced suspension of the Guinness PRO14, Monday night’s fixture will be Glasgow’s first clash with the Irish province since 2018.
Perennial contenders at the business end of the season, the men in red always provide one of the toughest examinations of the season whenever they pitch up at Scotstoun.
Here’s how Munster are shaping up ahead of Monday night’s encounter:
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Munster form guide
Johann van Graan’s side currently sit top of Guinness PRO14 Conference B, with a perfect five wins from their five matches so far this campaign.
A last-gasp penalty from Ben Healy saw Munster sneak a 30-27 victory away to the Scarlets in round one, before another late show saw them edge a 25-23 win over Edinburgh in their first home match of the new season.
A five-try showing in the first-ever Monday night Guinness PRO14 fixture earned Munster a 38-27 win over Cardiff Blues in round three, with further victories over the Dragons and the Ospreys sending the province to Scotstoun in rude health.
The COVID-19-enforced suspension of the Guinness PRO14 saw Munster say farewell to a few established figures over the summer months, including a host of young Irish talents.
Sammy Arnold and Conor Oliver both made the switch to provincial rivals Connacht for the new campaign, with winger Alex Wootton also moving to The Sportsground on a season-long loan.
South African back-rower Arno Botha also departed Thomond Park in the off-season, returning home to join the Bulls.
Two World Cup winners were the headline-makers in Munster’s summer recruitment, as van Graan’s squad drew envious glances from across the Guinness PRO14.
RG Snyman and Damian de Allende both made their debuts for the men in red when rugby resumed in August; whilst Snyman’s debut was cut short by injury, de Allende has been an influential figure in the early stages of the season.
Promising Irish-qualified back Matt Gallagher also arrived at Thomond Park in the summer, making the move from English side Saracens.
Ones to watch
South African centre de Allende has certainly lived up to his billing as world-class so far this campaign, providing a dynamic threat in the Munster midfield. His carrying and offloading ability has seen him create numerous opportunities for his team-mates, as well as offering a robust presence in defence.
A hat-trick against the Ospreys propelled Gavin Coombes to league-wide attention last time out, with the flanker catching the eye of observers across the Guinness PRO14. Having learned from Ireland and British and Irish Lions back-rower CJ Stander, hopes are high that Coombes can become his long-term heir in Munster colours.
Another whose early season exploits have caught the attention of those around the Guinness PRO14, Healy looks to be the next prospect to watch in the Munster fly-half jersey. Assured from the tee and when kicking from hand, his performances have been a big part of Munster’s early season success.
The Warriors have had to wait two years for a chance to redress the balance from their most recent encounter with Munster, having succumbed to a last-gasp 25-24 defeat at Thomond Park in October 2018.
George Horne scored two of Glasgow’s four tries in Limerick, only for Rory Scannell to hit the mark with a penalty from halfway with the clock in the red to secure the victory for Munster.
It was a happier tale for the Warrior Nation on Munster’s last visit to Scotstoun, as their side roared to a 25-10 win over the men in red.
Stuart Hogg, Callum Gibbins and Adam Ashe all crossed the whitewash on that evening in September 2018, with Adam Hastings contributing 10 points with the boot.
Adam Jones will take charge of Monday night’s encounter, as the Welshman referees his fifth match in the Guinness PRO14.
Ben Blain and Fin Brown will be on the touchlines as his assistants, with Sam Grove-White on hand as the TMO.
Supporters can watch the match live on Premier Sports 1 on Monday night, with kick-off scheduled for 8.15pm.
You can also listen to live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland MW, as well as following all the action as it happens with our Live Match Centre at glasgowwarriors.org.