Munster win 12th game on the trot

Munster maintained their good start to the RaboDirect Pro12 season with a 23-12 win over Glasgow Warriors in Firhill on Friday night and in the process entered the record books by being the first side to register 12 consecutive victories.

Munster maintained their good start to the RaboDirect Pro12 season with a 23-12 win over Glasgow Warriors in Firhill on Friday night and in the process entered the record books by being the first side to register 12 consecutive victories.

They led 16-6 at half time thanks to eleven points from the boot of the Man of the Match Ian Keatley and a try just before the break from Niall Ronan.

Their second half try came from Simon Zebo after a sustained bout of Munster pressure, Keatley adding the extras.

The final quarter saw the home side mount attack after attack but they were met by fierce Munster resistance whose defence was fiercely committed, a factor of the game that coach Tony McGahan referred to afterwards as being one of the aspects that particularly pleased him.

Once again however, they lost two players to the bin, Ronan in the 15th minute and Billy Holland in the 68th, that one looking more than a little harsh.

Those yellows won’t have pleased McGahan but there was enough that will have from a side that is growing in confidence.

Munster play Scarletts next Saturday in Musgrave Park before back-to-back away trips to Edinburgh and Cardiff round off a busy month.

Munster’s first game in Thomond Park will be against the Ospreys on Saturday, October 8.

Munster: Johne Murphy; Doug Howlett, Danny Barnes, Lifeimi Mafi, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Peter Stringer; Wian du Preez, Damian Varley, John Hayes; Billy Holland, Mick O’Driscoll; Peter O’Mahony (capt), Niall Ronan, James Coughlan. Replacements: Denis Fogarty, Marcus Horan, Stephen Archer, Dave Foley, Tommy O’Donnell, Duncan Williams, Scott Deasy, Tom Gleeson.

Glasgow Warriors: S Hogg; F Aramburu, R Dewey, T Nathan, C Shaw; D Weir, H Pyrgos; R Grant, P MacArthur, M Cusack, T Ryder, N Campbell, R Hartley (capt) C Fusaro, R Wilson. Replacements: F Gillies, E Kalman, G Reid, J Eddie, R Pitman, C Gregor, S Wight, P Horne.