MUNSTER lost their grip on top spot in the Guinness PR012 after suffering a frustrating 21-18 defeat to Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun.
Munster took an 18-9 lead at the interval courtesy of tries from out-half JJ Hanrahan early on and back-row Robin Copeland on the stroke of half-time. Hanrahan also kicked two penalties and one conversion.
All of Glasgow’s points in the first half came from the boot of Finn Russell. However, after the break Leone Nakarawa and Jonny Gray crossed the whitewash to turn the match around in favour of the home side. Anthony Foley’s Munster side failed to register a single point in the second half.
The win takes the hosts two points clear of Munster to go top of the standings at least for a few hours ahead of the Ospreys late Saturday clash with Ulster.
Munster, who have lost their last three fixtures in all competitions, switch their focus to a PRO12 clash with arch rivals Leinster at Thomond Park on St Stephen’s Day, 5pm.
GLASGOW WARRIORS: Peter Murchie; Sean Lamont, Richie Vernon, Peter Horne, DTH van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Niko Matawalu; Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown, Euan Murray, Leone Nakarawa, Jonny Gray, Rob Harley, Tyrone Holmes, Josh Strauss (capt). Replacements: Dougie Hall, Alex Allan, Jon Welsh, Tim Swinson, Ryan Wilson, Henry Pyrgos, James Downey, Tommy Seymour.
MUNSTER: Johne Murphy; Andrew Conway, Pat Howard, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; John Ryan, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony (capt), Sean Dougall, Robin Copeland. Replacements: Niall Scannell, Eusebio Guinazu, BJ Botha, Donncha O’Callaghan, Dave O’Callaghan, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Felix Jones.
REFEREE: Leighton Hodges (Wales)