Munster continued their impressive start to the RaboDirect Pro 12 Series with an away victory over the Glasgow Warriors at Firhill Park on Friday evening.
The visitors had all the early possession and took the lead from a penalty through Keatley after just two minutes. However, right from the restart Munster were penalised and Weir levelled up the game. Four minutes later, Munster’s indiscipline hit them again, as Neil Ronan was sinbinned and Weir converted the resultant penalty. The hosts led 6-3 despite having been slow to get going up to that point. Chris Fusaro then joined Ronan in the bin after a dangerous tackle and Ian Keatley tied the match from the free.
The latter was doing very well with the boot and his kicking for touch was very good. However, his side could have fallen behind when Weir hit a fine drop kick, only to see his effort come back off the post. It was a let off for Munster. Murphy gave away a penalty which Weir missed and suddenly it was beginning to look the Irish side’s night. That view was reaffirmed minutes later when Keatley kicked a monster penalty from inside his own half to make it 9-3. Munster were finishing the half the stronger, and a quick tap penalty saw Ronan crash over for the vital score. Keatley converted and the visitors led 16-6 at the interval.
Within five minutes of the restart the game was secured by Munster, as O’Driscoll won a lineout and offloaded to Zebo who touched down.Keatley added the extras and the Irish men led 23-6. Weir narrowed the gap with a penalty to leave the Scots trailing by 14 points after 50 minutes play. The same player repeated the dose two minutes later as the visitors continued to give away sloppy penalties. That proved to be the last score of the night(23-12)as the game slowed up towards the finish and Munster looked content with the win. Glasgow tried in vain for a try but they could never breach the tough Munster defence.
The Irish side did enough in the ten minute period either side of halftime to win the game. Their indiscipline will be a cause for concern as they gave away numerous penalties,but at the finish they had enough in reserve and deserved this success.