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Monday 20 November 2017

Penney fumes over TMO as Glasgow end Reds' season

Rob Penney
Rob Penney
Munster's Keith Earls, right, and Conor Murray react after defeat to Glasgow Warriors
16 May 2014; Simon Zebo, Munster, is tackled by Dougie Hall, left and Chris Fusaro, Glasgow Warriors. Celtic League 2013/14 Play-off, Glasgow Warriors v Munster, Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Keith Earls, Munster, and Alex Dunbar, Glasgow Warriors, tussle off the ball
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Having ended Munster's season in controversial circumstances last night, Glasgow Warriors can sit back and watch Leinster and Ulster do battle for a place in the Pro12 final and their captain Al Kellock says his side can find a way to beat either of tonight's semi-finalists in two weeks' time.

Munster coach Rob Penney was heavily critical of the lack of an in-goal camera at Scotstoun after Simon Zebo was denied a first-half try by the television match official who could not get a view of the grounding because of a lack of angles.

That would have given the visitors a healthy 12-3 lead with the conversion to come, but instead the tide turned the Warriors' way and they went on to win a thrilling semi-final 16-15.

They now await the winners of tonight's meeting of Leinster and Ulster in the final. The venue depends on the winners – if it's Leinster it will mean Glasgow face a repeat of last year's semi-final defeat at the RDS.

"Whichever team we get will be a quality side," Kellock said. "We want to have a final at home, but having said that it is out of our control. Leinster have earned that right because they finished top of the league, now it's up to them to earn a home final."

The defeat brought Penney's reign as Munster coach to an end in devastating circumstances and while he praised his side's performance, he was left fuming at the lack of vision available to the TMO.

"I thought not having an in-goal camera was crucial," the New Zealander said. "I just couldn't believe it when we looked upstairs and, in a semi-final, there's no in-goal camera to confirm or deny a try.

"It was a very crucial part of the game and that blows me away. If Zeebs' try is awarded then it's potentially 14-3. It's a different game."

As for finishing on such a low, Penney said: "It doesn't get much worse, obviously the whole squad is very, very disappointed but they gave it a good crack."

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