Munster claim bonus point consolation as winning run comes to an end against classy Glasgow
Munster 26 Glasgow 38
Glasgow Warriors turned in a ruthless five-try performance to claim a 38-26 bonus-point BKT United Rugby Championship win over Munster at Thomond Park.
Glasgow outplayed one of their main play-off rivals to take a giant leap towards a home quarter-final.
The Scots punished a misfiring Munster to lead 28-0 at half-time, as Fraser Brown’s early maul try was added to by captain Stafford McDowall, Domingo Miotti and Cole Forbes.
A drop goal from 18-point fly-half Miotti was followed by quickfire tries from Munster’s Gavin Coombes and Craig Casey - only for Tongan international Sione Vailanu to crash over on the hour mark.
Although Munster’s five-match winning run in the league came to an end, replacement Josh Wycherley and Calvin Nash both touched downed for a late bonus point.
It was fifth hosting fourth in Limerick, Glasgow building some solid early foundations through their strong set-piece and clever kicking game.
Hooker Brown, one of nine returning Scotland internationals, was driven over from a fifth-minute lineout, with Miotti converting. Munster number eight Coombes was held up just minutes later.
Glasgow doubled their lead to 14-0 in the 24th minute, centre McDowall using Brown’s reverse pass to race through and score despite Joey Carbery and Nash’s attempts to hold him up.
Miotti then found a gap between Paddy Patterson and Diarmuid Barron to make it 21-0. A costly knock-on prevented Munster from opening their account.
Indeed, Franco Smith’s men bounced into the second half on the back of Forbes’ brilliant bonus-point score. Influential Argentinian Miotti extended their lead with his 44th-minute drop goal.
Belatedly awaking from their slumber, a purposeful 52nd-minute Munster maul resulted in Coombes wrestling his way over.
Carbery converted and also added the extras to Casey’s follow-up effort, the scrum-half darting over from a ruck.
Nonetheless, when Glasgow got back into scoring range, Jamie Dobie fought for every inch in a carry before number eight Vailanu powered over for Miotti to convert.
Prop Wycherley replied in the 70th minute after Coombes was stopped short. A long pass from Casey released Nash for the right corner, but it was too little, too late from Munster.
Scorers - Munster: Tries: G Coombes, C Casey, J Wycherley, Nash. Cons: J Carbery (2 from 2), J Crowley (1 from 2). Glasgow Warriors: Tries: F Brown, S McDowall, D Miotti, C Forbes, S Vailanu Cons: D Miotti (5 from 5). Drop goal D Miotti.
Munster: M Haley 5 (S Zebo 67, 5), C Nash 8, M Fekitoa 7, J Crowley 5, S Daly 6, J Carbery 5 (R Scannell 63, 5), P Patterson 6 (C Casey 45, 8), D Kilcoyne 5 (J Wycherley h-t, 7), D Barron 5 (S Buckley 53, 6) , R Salanoa 7 (S Archer 53, 6) J Kleyn 5 (RG Snyman 60, 6), F Wycherley 6, J O’Donoghue 7 (c) (A Kendellen 53, 7), J Hodnett 6, G Coombes 8.
Glasgow Warriors: O Smith 8 (T Jordan 26-37 HIA, 7), C Forbes 7, S McDowall 9 (c), S Johnson 8, J Dobie 8, D Miotti 9 (T Jordan 77, 6), A Price 8 (G Horne 58, 7); N McBeth 8 (A Dell 58, 7), F Brown 9 (J Matthews 47, 7), Z Fagerson 9 (L Sordoni 66, 7), JP du Preez 7 (L Bean 58, 7), S Cummings 8, M Fagerson 7 (A Samuel 77, 5), R Darge 8, S Vailanu 9 (T Gordon 68, 6).
Referee: A Piarda (Italy).