Munster beat Glasgow Warriors 35-29 at Musgrave Park in a game which involved a high-scoring second half as both outhalves were kept busy.
Luke O’Dea, Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray all scored tries as Stuart Hogg scored a hat-trick of tries to give Glasgow a losing bonus point.
Munster came out the first half looking as if they were still reeling from their defeat to Ulster in the Heineken Cup last weekend and Glasgow put themselves three points up after 10 minutes through Ruaridh Jackson.
Both sides were giving away cheap penalties and it took a while for Munster to get a foothold in the game; Keatley restored parity just before the 20 minute mark which helped the home side settle.
Glasgow coach Tom Lineen talked a good game before the match but his side offered no penetration, and after O’Mahony fell only inches short of scoring the first try, Luke O’Dea went over for five points in the 28th minute after the Munster pack put the away side under too much pressure which they eventually buckled under.
Keatley missed the conversion and Munster were immediately penalised from the restart to allow Glasgow back into from game with a Jackson penalty, to put the score to 8-6.
Keatley kicked another penalty before O’Mahony crossed the line for Munster’s second try just before half time and the home side went into the break leading Glasgow 18-6 after the outhalf scored his conversion.
Glasgow were poor in the first half but they unleashed an attacking weapon that had not been on display previously when Stuart Hogg turned on the afterburners to score his side’s first half try of the game in the 43rd minute.
Jackson’s conversion hit the post and Keatley put some more points on the board to reduce the impact of the Glasgow try just three minutes later to put the score to 21-11.
Hogg replied immediately with a try only a minute later, when his blistering pace was too much for the Munster defence yet again; Jackson missed his conversion for a second time.
The next half an hour resembled kicking practice for Keatley and Jackson, and also Duncan Weir who replaced Jackson in the 56th minute.
In the 51st minute, Keatley made a mess of an easy kicking chance but the Munster outhalf put that poor attempt behind him four minutes later and kicked his team into a nine point lead.
Three minutes later another infringement from Munster allowed Glasgow replacement outhalf Weir to cancel out Keatley’s previous effort; the score stood at 24-19 with an hour gone.
Keatley and Weir traded kicks over the next five minutes to put the score to 27-22 but Glasgow suffered for repeated infringements when Federico Aramburu was sent to the sin bin with 10 minutes left on the clock.
Keatley scored three points from the resulting penalty and three minutes later substitute scrum half Conor Murray scored Munster’s third try after some good play by Lifeimi Mafi and Simon Zebo.
Keatley missed the conversion and Glasgow showed they still had some fight left when Stuart Hogg ran in for his third try, which Weird converted to put a gloss on the defeat.
Munster needed a win to help recover from last week’s disappointment, and while they got that, there are still plenty of aspects of their game they will need to work on if they are hoping to win the Pro12.
We have live commentary as Munster will be looking to refocus their attention on the RaboDirect Pro12 after their elimination from the Heineken Cup last weekend, as they host the Glasgow Warriors on Saturday at Musgrave Park; kick-off is at 7.15pm.
Munster 35-29 Glasgow Warriors. Musgrave Park, kick off 7.15
80min TRY to Glasgow! The referee awards the try to Glasgow as Hogg gets his hat-trick. Weir converts the try and the ref blows the final whistle.
80min Varley overshoots the lineout and Hogg breaks and wins a penalty. Hogg looks like he scores a try but the referee needs to consult the TMO.
79min Glasgow don’t use the ball well enough and Munster turn it over. Keatley kicks to the corner as Munster have an eye on the bonus try.
78min Munster clear the ball back into the Glasgow half but there’s some pushing and shoving between the two sides which holds up the lineout which the away side will take.
76min Glasgow turn the ball over and get in behind the Munster defence who stop the runner.
75min Munster looking for another try as Conor Murray and Donnacha Ryan link up to gain ground in Glasgow’s half.
74min Keatley’s conversion attempt is put just right of the post.
74min TRY to Munster! Zebo makes inroads down the left after some great play by Lifeimi Mafi and Conor Murray touches down for the try.
73min Munster attack in Glasgow’s half but Varley’s pass isn’t good enough and the ball goes to touch. Munster will be happy with where most of the play is taking place in the last few minutes as it’s all in opposition territory.
71min Ian Keatley hits the ball sweetly and the ball goes directly between the posts. 30-22 to Munster.
70min O’Donnell drives forward and he finds support from O’Dea and O’Driscoll. Federico Aramburu doesn’t roll away from the ruck and he incurs the referee’s wrath for consistent infringements and is sent to the sin bin. Keatley will have another kick at goal from the penalty, on the right from about 38 metres.
69min Munster peg Glasgow back into their own half but they kick clear and Johne Murphy claims the ball and brings it back into Glasgow’s half.
68min Keatley misses the kick from 40 metres.
67min Both front rows collapse in the scrum and the referee gives the penalty to Munster. O’Driscoll and Keatley consult and dedice to go for the points.
66min Mike Sherry comes off for Damian Varley who joins the scrum.
65min Richie Gray comes off for Tom Ryder as Munster drive forward. The attack falls short as Murray knocks the ball on. Scrum to Glasgow.
64min Weir’s kick sails between the posts. 27-22 to Munster as Glasgow close the gap.
63min Munster knock the ball on and then are penalised for Mike Sherry going off his feet again. Glasgow will go for three points.
62min Good kick from Keatley who finds Hogg in Glasgow’s half. The centre finds touch which gives possession to Munster.
61min Perfect kick from Keatley and the teams trade three points once again.
60min good play by Stephen Archer who forces a penalty for Munster as Glasgow don’t use the ball from the ruck. Keatley will go for the posts.
59min Glasgow clear and Munster get the lineout and are on the attack here but Glasgow turn it over.
57min Munster give away a penalty in a position which the newly introduced Weir will surely score from. The replacement outhalf puts the ball between the posts to narrow Munster’s lead yet again.
56min Ruaridh Jackson comes off for Glasgow as Duncan Weir is on. Conor Murray is on for Tomas O’Leary. Scrum to Glasgow inside Munster’s half.
55min Keatley puts that poor miss a few moments ago behind him and scores from the penalty. 24-16 to Munster.
54min Munster win the ball this time and get advantage so Keatley tries his luck with a drop goal but the play comes back for the penalty. O’Driscoll tells Keatley to go for the posts again.
53min Munster lose the ball from the lineout but get another chance as the ball goes into touch.
52min Munster win another penalty on the left side of Glasgow’s half which O’Driscoll tells Keatley to kick to touch.
51min Keatley makes a mess of that penalty. He’s only 22 metres out but he snatches at it and puts the ball left of the goal.
50min Glasgow are penalised from a scrum after the restart and Keatley will go for the posts yet again.
49min Jackson gets his conversion attempt all wrong and pulls it just left of the posts. 21-16 to Munster.
47min TRY to Glasgow! Stuart Hogg scores another try as his pace is too much for the scrambling Munster defence.
46min Keatley makes no mistake from the penalty and puts Munster ten points ahead. 21-11 to the home team.
45min Glasgow players are caught offside on their own 22 and Keatley has a chance to restore a reasonable gap in the scoreline.
44min Jackson’s conversion attempt hits the post.
43min TRY to Glasgow! Stuart Hogg finds himself in acres of space on the left wing and scores a try for the away side.
41min Back underway at Msugrave Park as Keatley kicks to Glasgow.
Half time Munster go into the break well in front after a slow start. Glasgow got points on the board early on and it took 20 minutes before the home side levelled the score with just under 20 minutes gone. Luke O’Dea’s try was deserved for the pressure Munster put Glasgow under and Peter O’Mahony did well to recover from an early injury to score his side’s second try.
40min Keatley converts the try for two points and the referee blows the whistle for half time.
39min TRY to Munster! Peter O’Mahony recovers from his injury from earlier on in the half to score Munster’s second try.
36min It’s a good kick from Keatley and those three points stretch the lead to 11-6 to Munster.
35min Zebo’s positive play wins a penalty for Munster in a good position which Keatley lines up from 22 metres.
34min Keatley kicks the ball to Peter Murchie who kicks it straight back to Munster and Zebo runs straight at the Glasgow defence with pace. He looks a real threat for Munster.
33min Zebo picks up the clearance and Munster secure possession around the halfway line.
32min Good play from Munster as they show positive signs from the restart but Zebo is pulled out to touch and Glasgow win the lineout.
31min Good kick from Jackson and it goes between the posts. 8-6 to Munster as Glasgow cut the home side’s lead.
30min Poor play from Munster as they give away a penalty from a kickable position from the restart. Ruaridh Jackson stands over the ball.
29min Keatley misses a difficult conversion.
28min TRY to Munster! Luke O’Dea finds space in the corner as the Munster pack punish Glasgow and allow Donncha O’Callaghan to pass to O’Dea for the home side’s first try of the game.
27min Munster go wide and nearly threaten Glasgow’s defence but the away side keep them out and clear the ball but only temporarily as Mike Sherry takes the lineout inside the opposition’s 22.
26min O’Mahony looks in trouble as he seems to have picked up an injury in that last play as Munster attack from the scrum.
26min Felix Jones comes so close to scoring a try but he’s just short of the line and play is stopped as a Glasgow player receives attention close the action.
25min Peter O’Mahony is once again at the tip of Munster’s attack as he drives into Glasgow’s 22.
24min Munster keep possession from the lineout and are looking to spread Glasgow’s defence.
23min Glasgow come out of the scrum but their kick looking to gain ground isn’t a good one and Munster get a lineout in opposition territory.
21min Munster claim the ball from lineout and Munster win a free kick but Tommy O’Donnell knocks the ball on and Glasgow have the put in to the scrum.
20min There’s an off the ball incident as Nigel Owens consults his touch judge. Chris Fusaro will get a warning from the referee for a late tackle. Keatley relieves the pressure from the restart and puts the ball out to touch around the halfway line.
19min Ian Keatley levels the score from a relatively straightforward position. 3-3 with 19 minutes gone.
18min Munster still have the ball and push Glasgow back into their own 22. They eventually win a penalty after the referee adjudges no advantage from their open play.
17min Better play from Munster as Peter O’Mahony drives down the left wing and his side keep possession and go through the phases.
16min Difficult kick for Jackson and he doesn’t make it. Still 3-0 to Glasgow.
15min Glasgow knock the ball forward and Munster play advantage after O’Dea picks the ball up. The referee calls a penalty to Glasgow for Mike Sherry joining the ruck off his feet. Jackson lines up another penalty.
14min Munster give away a penalty from the scrum and Glasgow kick to touch inside Munster’s half.
13min Munster work the lineout well but are eventually brought back for a forward pass between Simon Zebo and Felix Jones. Scrum to Glasgow on their 22 metre line.
12min Munster not able to take advantage of play and the referee brings the ball back for a penalty as Keatley kicks the ball out to touch.
10min Jackson kicks the first three points of the game and they go to the away side. Glasgow lead 3-0.
9min Glasgow win a penalty as a Munster player goes in off his feet in the ruck. Ruaridh Jackson lines it up in a very kickable position, central and about 30 metres out.
7min Munster win possession again but attempted chip by Keatley gives the ball away again on the halfway line.
6min Munster steal the ball from the lineout and kick into Glasgow’s half. Chris Cusiter’s box kick isn’t a good one and Keatley finds touch on the right wing in Glasgow’s half.
5min Munster give away a penalty for joining the ruck from the side and Jackson kicks to touch. Lineout to Glasgow.
4min Ian Keatley kicks to touch and Munster attack from the lineout.
3min Munster win a penalty from the scrum.
1min Ruaridh Jackson gets the game underway and there’s a scrum to Munster in their own half.
Tony McGahan has been forced into a number of changes Glasgow’s visit on Saturday, with seven players who played a part in the Heineken Cup clash against Ulster ruled out through injury.
Munster will be without influential captain Paul O’Connell, who picked up a knee injury last weekend, as well as other key members of the squad including Ronan O’Gara (leg), Keith Earls (ankle), BJ Botha (ribs), James Coughlan (hand), Denis Hurley (leg) and David Wallace (knee).
McGahan is also without Danny Barnes and Dave O’Callaghan, who are both out with knee injuries, while Dave Foley and Ian Nagle are sidelined with shoulder injuries.
Felix Jones and Lifeimi Mafi retain their places at full back and inside centre respectively, as does Simon Zebo on the wing, while Luke O’Dea will start on the right wing and Johne Murphy comes in at outside centre, and Tomas O’Leary will take over from Conor Murray, who starts on the bench.
Donncha O’Callaghan will make his 200th appearance for Munster alongside Mick O’Driscoll, who takes the captaincy, in the second row while Stephen Archer replaces BJ Botha at tighthead prop.
Donnacha Ryan moves to number six as Peter O’Mahony starts at eight in place of Coughlan while Tommy O’Donnell continues at seven.
Glasgow Warriors’ coach Sean Lineen has made six changes to the side that beat the Cardiff Blues two weeks ago ahead of Saturday’s match.
Ryan Wilson, Graeme Morrison and John Barclay all miss out through injury and Stuart Hogg will replace Morrisson in the centre alongside Alex Dunbar.
Ruairidh Jackson comes in at outhalf for Duncan Weir while Jon Welsh and Pat McArthur start in the front row.
Munster find themselves on a poor run of form of late, having lost three of their last five games and Saturday’s game against Glasgow, who are level on points with Munster, represents an important test for Tony McGahan’s side.
Munster: F Jones; L O’Dea, J Murphy, L Mafi, S Zebo; I Keatley, T O’Leary: W du Preez, M Sherry, S Archer; D O’Callaghan, M O’Driscoll capt; D Ryan, T O’Donnell, P O’Mahony. Replacements: D Varley, M Horan, J Ryan, B Holland, P Butler, C Murray, S Deasy, I Dineen
Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Federico Aramburu, 13 Stuart Hogg, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Colin Shaw, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Chris Cusiter, 1 Jon Welsh, 2 Pat MacArthur, 3 Mike Cusack, 4 Richie Gray, 5 Al Kellock (CAPTAIN), 6 Rob Harley, 7 Chris Fusaro, 8 Johnnie Beattie
Replacements: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Moray Low, 19 Tom Ryder, 20 Calum Forrester, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Tommy Seymour