Tuesday 22 May 2018

Munster taken to the cleaners

Glasgow 37 Munster 10

Munster’s Andrew Conway and Glasgow’s Finn Russell. Pic: Sportsfile
Munster’s Andrew Conway and Glasgow’s Finn Russell. Pic: Sportsfile

This was always going to be about Glasgow's attack versus Muenster defence.

When Billy Holland lost the ball forward early on, Glasgow went wide immediately.

Darren Sweetnam compounded the error by getting skinned by Sam Johnson on the outside for Finn Russell to convert.

The terms of engagement had been confirmed by the fifth minute.

Centre Chris Farrell was isolated and Russell exacted a three-point toll.

But, Sweetnam's clever awareness of space and Rory Scannell's strength through two tackles yielded a fine try for 10-5 in the 15th minute.

Tyler Bleyendaal's basic mistake put Munster in trouble and the spirit of the game took a nasty turn at a ruck when almost all the players joined a melee. It wasn't long before Finn Russell slotted a penalty for Munster taking Scott Cummings out in the air at a lineout.

Straight away, the Warriors struck from distance when they exploited the short side for Ali Birch to put right wing Lee Jones over in the right corner, Russell's extras taking them out to 20-5 in the 38th minute.

It went from bad to worse when Holland was yellow carded and Nick Grigg slid in for Russell extras to take it out to a 22-point lead.

Okay, centre Chris Farrell stayed alert enough to intercept and strike back.

But, the goal-kicking woes continued as Rory Scannell missed the conversion.

It was nowhere near enough as Glasgow looked a class apart.

It was left to Russell's penalty and his conversion of a well-deserved try from talented second row Cummings to pile insult onto misery.

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