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Munster 31-3 Glasgow

Updated: Sunday, 02 Dec 2012 13:26 | Comments

CJ Stander celebrates his first-half try
CJ Stander celebrates his first-half try

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CJ Stander marked his home debut for Munster with two tries as they bagged a late 31-3 bonus point win in this evening's RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Glasgow Warriors in Limerick.

The South African flanker lunged over from a close-in ruck for his first, but his second - nearing half-time - was a dazzling diagonal run out of the Munster 22 that saw him outpace the Glasgow chasers.

His back-row colleague Tommy O'Donnell sandwiched a try in between, leaving the province 24-3 ahead at the break with Ronan O'Gara landing three conversions and a penalty.

DTH van der Merwe went closest to crossing the whitewash for the Warriors, who leaked a penalty try to the hosts with six minutes remaining, which O'Gara converted.

Scotland international Duncan Weir, back after a two-month injury lay-off, got off to an inauspicious start at Thomond Park as his kick-off went straight into touch.

But Weir and half-back partner Henry Pyrgos duly settled in and the former kicked the Warriors ahead in the fourth minute, punishing Donncha O'Callaghan for not rolling away.

Munster replied soon after, using quick lineout ball to spring the strong-running O'Donnell through a gap.

He was brought down short of the line, but Stander dived over the top of the ruck to get the try he narrowly missed out last week against the Scarlets.

O'Gara's conversion was followed by a solid respond from the Scottish team, with Van der Merwe going close to scoring in the left corner and Weir missing a drop-goal attempt.

Mistakes from Munster went unpunished as the visitors struggled to add to Weir's opening kick, and it was Rob Penney's men who finished the first half strongly.

The returning James Coughlan passed for O'Donnell to fend off two would-be tacklers and sprint in under the posts for a smashing solo try, converted by O'Gara.

O'Gara added a penalty awarded against Mike Cusack for obstruction, before man of the match Stander turned defence into attack on a memorable charge towards the right corner.

The conversion from wide out was no problem to O'Gara but, as the pace and intensity slackened off in the second period, Munster left it late to claim their bonus point.

Glasgow danger man Van der Merwe was denied by a Simon Zebo challenge in the corner for the second time.

Territorially, Munster were able to keep the visitors at arm's length for the remainder and, with replacement James Eddie kicking the ball out of an advancing five-metre scrum, the province finished the night with a five-point return.

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