MUNSTER'S disappointing season continued on Friday night as they were beaten 27-24 by Glasgow in their Guinness Pro12 game in Rugby Park in Kilmarnock.
Munster picked up a losing bonus point but they drop to seventh in the table and outside of the Champions Cup places following their second loss in six days. They are also six points outside the playoff places.
In a high-tempo game played on a 4G surface, Munster got off to a dreadful start. They were 14-0 down after just seven minutes, Glasgow’s prop Sila Puafisi going over twice under the posts and Duncan Weir adding both conversions.
But Munster fought back well and Dave Kilcoyne emulated Puafisi by powering over twice aswell. Keatley was on target with the two conversions and added a penalty to help Munster into a 17-14 lead at the break.
There was plenty more twists and turns in the second half. Weir went over for a wonder effort in the corner and landed a penalty to swing the tie back in Glasgow’s favour. Munster survived the sin-binning of Tomas O’Leary without conceding anything and Mike Sherry’s try and Keatley’s brilliant conversion had Munster 24-22 ahead and in a seemingly good place as the game entered the final 15 minutes.
But an under-pressure Munster scrum was punished with another yellow card – James Cronin binned in the 68th minute – and Glenn Bryce was put over for Glasgow’s bonus-point try with eight minutes left on the clock.
There was to be no further score after that. A bad week for Munster just got a whole lot worse.
Munster now drop to seventh place but are level with Edinburgh and the Ospreys on 38 points, albeit with a game less played than both those side. Glasgow, who have a game less again played, are three points further back. Scarlets are in the fourth playoff place on 44 points.
Munster’s next game is away to Treviso next Sunday, February 28, at 3pm.
Glasgow Warriors: Peter Murchie; Taqele Naiyaravoro, Glenn Bryce, Peter Horne, Sean Lamont; Duncan Weir, Ali Price; Gordon Reid, James Malcolm, Sila Puafisi; Tim Swinson, Leone Nakarawa; Rob Harley, Chris Fusaro, Josh Strauss (capt). Replacements: Cammy Fenton, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Zander Fagerson, Greg Peterson, Simone Favaro, Grayson Hart, Fraser Lyle, Rory Hughes.
Munster: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, David Johnston, Rory Scannell, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Tomás O'Leary; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland (capt) Jack O'Donoghue, Tommy O'Donnell, Robin Copeland. Replacements: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, Mario Sagario, Dave Foley, Conor Oliver, Duncan Williams, Johnny Holland, Cian Bohane.