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Sunday 4 December 2016

Glasgow make their number game count

Glasgow Warriors captain Al Kellock celebrates after the Guinness PRO12 Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast
Glasgow Warriors captain Al Kellock celebrates after the Guinness PRO12 Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast

Munster were completely outdone in The Numbers Game which led to the only two that matter in the end, the 31 for Glasgow Warriors against the 13 for the Irish province.

These are the other numbers that mattered most.

2 - Munster missed out on the immeasurable influence of their Ireland duo Conor Murray and Peter O'Mahony.The knock-on effect was to take away their best kicker of the ball from the base and their main breakdown threat.

3 - The way Munster handed Glasgow three converted tries in the first-half made their task a mountainous one.

The free-spirited offloading of Fijiian man of the match Leone Nakarawa created the first and second tries.

5 - The loose kicking of Ian Keatley had to be seen to be disbelieved.

Glasgow's hot counter-attacking back three was led by their arrowhead Stuart Hogg, ably supported by Tommy Seymour and DTH van der Merwe.

Keatley continued to launch five aimless kicks down the throats of Finn Russell, Hogg and Seymour in what was either a seriously misguided tactic devised by coach Anthony Foley or an unbelievably inaccurate execution of the game plan.

16 - The flimsy defence of Munster amounted to 16 missed tackles against 52 made in the first-half alone.

That is an incredible failure rate of 23 per cent which served to encourage Glasgow's natural instinct to hold onto the ball.

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