Glasgow Warriors v Munster

The Warriors dropped to second in the table after a 13-6 loss to Munster in a frustrating game for the home side.

After taking an early lead, Munster hit back, but the Warriors led 6-3 at half-time. In the second period, a try from the visitors proved to be the difference as both teams had a man sent to the sin bin.

The result means that Glasgow’s unbeaten run comes to an end.

The Warriors and Munster both made late changes to their line-ups with Seymour dropping out, being replaced by Mark Bennett. Gabriel Ascarate deputised on the bench.

The visiting side also suffered a disruption with the experienced Paul O’Connell replaced by Billy Holland.

In perfect conditions for rugby, the Warriors took an early lead through Weir who made his second start of the season.

The 22-year-old then had the chance to double Glasgow’s tally through a penalty from out wide but he agonisingly hit the post.

After 20 minutes, Munster levelled the scores through an ambitious kick from JJ Hanrahan. The fly half stepped up 52 metres from goal and made no mistake in thumping the ball between the sticks.

Four minutes later, great work from the Warriors forward gave Glasgow a penalty in a promising position allowing Weir to put his side in front once more.

For the fourth home game this season, the match was a tight affair with neither team able to break down strong defences with the Warriors leading 6-3 at half time.

Three minutes into the second half, Munster scored their opening try of the game through Hanrahan. The fly-half breezed through a number of slack tackles before touching down in the corner. He was then quick to add the extras, putting his side into a 10-6 lead.

Moments later, a Glasgow foul allowed Hanrahan to add an extra three points to Munster’s tally.

After 50 minutes, the home side pushed for a try and were held up on the try line with James Cronin swinging a punch in the melee that followed and sent to the sin bin.

In a bid to give Glasgow an attacking edge, Townsend made a raft of changes with Matawalu, Ascarate, Yanuyanutawa and Fusaro coming onto the field of play.

Townsend’s men failed to take advantage of the extra man on the field with the Scotstoun faithful left frustrated after witnessing their side spurn try scoring opportunities.

As the game drew to a close, the match became a scrappy affair and Jon Welsh was sent to the sin bin.

Niko Matawalu did his best to reignite Glasgow’s flame but it wasn’t enough for the Warriors who slumped to their first RaboDirect PRO12 defeat of the season

live commentary 7:35 PM Friday 25 Oct 2013

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