Munster top PRO12 with bonus point win over Glasgow

Colm Kinsella

Reporter:

Colm Kinsella

Munster's Ronan O'Mahony competes for the ball with Glasgow Warriors' Niko Matawalu and Richie Vernon in their Guinness PRO12 clash at Musgrave Park on Saturday night
MUNSTER jumped back to the top of the Guinness PRO12 thanks to an exciting 22-10, bonus point, victory over Glasgow Warriors at Musgrave Park this Saturday night.

MUNSTER jumped back to the top of the Guinness PRO12 thanks to an exciting 22-10, bonus point, victory over Glasgow Warriors at Musgrave Park this Saturday night.

Anthony Foley’s men scored four tries, two in either half, to knock Glasgow off top spot in the table before an official attendance of 7,361.

Man of the Match Keith Earls, back row forward Jack O’Donoghue, hooker Eusebio Guinazu and CJ Stander bagged tries as Munster celebrated the official opening of the redeveloped Musgrave Park with a precious victory,

Munster had led 12-0 at half-time and while Glasgow fought back to get within two points of their hosts in the third quarter, Earls try, finished with a sublime foot flick after out-half Ian Keatley had set up the Limerickman with a delightful crossfield kick, helped the home side regain the initiative.

Stander secured the bonus point when he powered over with 13 minutes remaining following a well-executed maul.

The win takes Munster one point clear of both second-placed Glasgow and third-placed Ulster.

MUNSTER: JJ Hanrahan; Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Denis Hurley (capt), Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; John Ryan, Eusebio Guinazu, BJ Botha, Donncha O’Callaghan, Billy Holland, Jack O’Donoghue, Sean Dougall, CJ Stander. Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Shane Buckley, Paddy Butler, Neil Cronin, Andrew Smith, Ivan Dineen.

GLASGOW WARRIORS: Peter Murchie; Niko Matawalu, Richie Vernon, Fraser Lyle, DTH van der Merwe; Connor Braid, Murray McConnell; Alex Allan, Pat MacArthur, Rossouw de Klerk, James Eddie, Al Kellock (capt), Adam Ashe, Will Bordill, Josh Strauss. Replacements: Dougie Hall, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, D’arcy Rae, Alex Toolis, Tommy Spinks, Glenn Bryce, Lee Jones, Rory Hughes.

REFEREE: Nigel Owens (Wales)