Munster V Glasgow Warriors
Munster made up four points on Glasgow in the race for top of Conference A as the Warriors fell to a 21-10 defeat in Cork.
Glasgow struggled to control a wild crosswind on a bitterly cold night at Irish Independent Park and the home side were more physical and clinical on the night.
Warriors will take solace from the fact they prevented the Irishmen from earning a bonus point and are still twelve points clear in top spot.
Playing into the wind in the first half, Warriors made life difficult for themselves with errors that handed the hosts attacking opportunities.
Kick offs into touch and over thrown line outs turned over possession too readily and the men in red exerted heavy pressure on Glasgow before finally taking the lead with a penalty on 10 minutes.
Starved of the ball Glasgow spent almost the entirety of the first half on the back foot and the home side clearly smelt blood as many kickable penalties went to the corner.
On 25 minutes the home side scored the try their dominance deserved, a maul making ground before making their way over the white wash.
It took half an hour for Glasgow to burst into life. Matt Fagerson burst through a hole in the defence and with open space in front of him raced clear. Good foot work took him round the defender and for the first time Warriors were in enemy territory.
The ball was recycled and sent wide however a last-ditch tackle denied Warriors what looked like a certain try.
Munster added three more before the break meaning Glasgow were 13-0 down as they headed to the sheds.
Straight from the off in the second 40 the Warriors looked more lively. Sam Johnson collected the kick off and ran straight and true.
Breaking tackles and stepping defenders he took his side into the Munster 22. The retreating defence gave away a penalty and Hastings got Warriors on the board.
Shortly after the visitors were right back in the tie. Lee Jones this time impressively breaking through the line before offloading to George Horne on the floor. The scrum half running in his tenth try of the season.
Just as Glasgow were looking to kick on the wind was taken out of their sales with a second Munster score. Glasgow’s clearance kick disrupted and the home side pouncing on the opportunity.
Moments later it looked as if Munster had their third with an athletic finish in the corner however the TMO confirmed that the ball had touched the line in the build-up.
On the hour mark another Munster penalty extended their lead and for the remaining 20 minutes the hosts frustrated Glasgow, repelling all waves of attack and holding out for the win.
Warriors now travel to Ulster next week looking to get back to winning ways.