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Battling Munster edged out by Glasgow

Updated: Sunday, 21 Feb 2016 20:21 | Comments

The Glasgow team celebrate at the full-time whistle
The Glasgow team celebrate at the full-time whistle

Glasgow 27-24 Munster

Munster fought back from a 14-point deficit before going down 27-24 in a ding-dong battle with Pro12 champions Glasgow in Kilmarnock.

Glasgow enhanced their play-off hopes with a narrow win with Munster having to settle for a losing bonus point that wasn't enough to stop them slipping to seventh in the table.

Duncan Weir converted two tries from Sila Puafisi and added one of his own. Glenn Bryce also crossed and Weir kicked a penalty.

Munster's points came from two Dave Kilcoyne tries and one from Mike Sherry. All three were converted by Ian Keatley who also added a penalty.

The hosts raced into a big lead as prop Puafisi touched down twice in the first seven minutes, Weir converting both tries.

Both came from close in. The first was following two bursts from scrum half Ali Price taking tap penalties, the second rounding off a move started by number eight Josh Strauss.

Weir converted both, but Munster soon hit back by playing a more direct style with their big men running hard on to the ball.

Loosehead prop Kilcoyne touched down from short range and Keatley converted.

Keatley put over a penalty shortly after and in the 23rd minute Munster went into a 17-14 lead they held to the break.

Both Munster props, Kilcoyne and John Ryan, made notable forward movements and when play reached the Glasgow line it was once again Kilcoyne who got the ball over to touch down, with Keatley converting.

Glasgow made a rapid start to the second half and retook the lead after 43 minutes when centre Peter Horne sent Weir in at the right corner for a try he was not able to convert.

Munster scrum-half Tomas O'Leary was sin-binned in the 56th minute by referee Ben Whitehouse for a deliberate knock-on.

Glasgow then forged further ahead with a Weir penalty but before Munster were back to 15 men they had again taken the lead, with replacement hooker Sherry scoring from a lineout drive and Keatley brilliantly using the swirling wind to land the conversion from touch.

Weir went over in the corner shortly after the restart to put Glasgow back in front and the outhalf extended that lead from a 62nd-minute penalty.

With 10 minutes remaining replacement Munster prop James Cronin was shown a yellow card.

Glasgow immediately turned the screw with centre Bryce grabbing the bonus point fourth try.

With Weir's conversion missing Glasgow only led 27-24 and could have faced a nervous finish but they dominated the remaining exchanges

A drop-goal attempt to equalise went badly wrong for Keatley and the hosts had the luxury of seeing a last-minute penalty bounce back off a post.

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