A 77th minute drop goal from out-half Ian Keatley helped leaders Munster secure a precious 16-15 victory over Glasgow Warriors in the Guinness Pro12 at Scotstoun on Friday night.
Munster’s sixth successive win in all competitions is a timely boost ahead of mammoth back-to-back European Champions Cup fixtures with Leicester Tigers, beginning with the Saturday, December 10 clash at Thomond Park, 3.15pm.
Munster’s only previous win at Scotstoun had come in October 2013 and the Irish province had won only two of their seven previous Pro12 meetings with the Scottish side.
Visitors Munster look set to record a reasonably comfortable win in Scotland when leading the Warriors 13-3 on the hour mark thanks to a well-taken first half try from Andrew Conway and some fine goal-kicking from Keatley.
However, the complexion of the game changed in the final quarter as Munster’s previously impressive defence was prized open twice with the Warriors grabbing tries from Ali Price and Mark Bennett to lead 15-13 late on.
However, Keatley kept his cool superbly to win the game for the visitors late on, ensuring Munster retain their place at the top of the Pro12 table.
The game saw Munster back-rower Tommy O’Donnell make his 100th appearance for the province.