Glasgow Through To Celtic Cup Semi-Finals

Glasgow 18, Munster 14Glasgow are in the Celtic Cup semi-finals. Against the odds, they won through to the last four by digging deep into their reserves of spirit and determination to wrest victory against Munster at Hughenden this evening.As a performance, it was the personification of sneddum. In the annals of Glasgow's short professional history the result was the best of its type - victory in a "need to win" match.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, summed it up as "a great result for Scottish rugby." After all, Munster came here as Celtic League champions, one of the most highly reputed teams in European rugby. It did not deflect from the significance of the result that both teams, Munster more than Glasgow, were shorn of World Cup players.Glasgow packed all of their 18 points into the 22 minutes spanning the interval, a psychologically key phase in almost any contest. They went into half-time with a 10-7 lead after a Rory Kerr try. They struck again eight minutes into the second half with a Paul Dearlove try, to which Daniel Parks added his second penalty goal.It was, though, Munster who drew first blood just five minutes into the game. After the visitors had weathered Glasgow's brief early storm Simon Kerr ploughed over from Dominic Crotty's thrust to the goal-line, and Jeremy Staunton added the conversion.That was ominous, and the portents were even more worrying when Gareth Maclure was sin-binned for a tackle offence. But Glasgow survived his absence, and as soon as the centre returned Dearlove and Cameron Mather raised the tempo in a thrust that deserved more than it achieved.It helped the Glasgow cause that Staunton missed a couple of penalties, and perseverance was at last rewarded when Rory Kerr, prospecting off his wing for gold at the forwards" heels, squirmed over for a try. Parks converted less than 10 minutes before the interval, and the stand-off added another goal after when Kerr, chasing a Parks kick ahead, forced Shaun Payne to concede a penalty for holding on in the tackle.Early in the second half Mather was not far away from scoring on the blind side of a close-range lineout, and, eventually, continuous pressure broke the Munster defence when Dearlove dived over after key contributions from Kerr, Parks, Donnie Macfadyen, Maclure, and Kenny Sinclair in the lead-up. Parks missed the conversion from wide on the left, but he soon added a goal from a collapsed-maul penalty.That took Glasgow 11 points clear in 52 minutes. It should have been a sure foundation as a winning lead, but Munster soon cut it back. Exploiting a lapse in Glasgow concentration, the visitors worked the space for Mike Mullins to sprint through for Staunton to convert.For more than 20 minutes thereafter Glasgow were mainly on the back foot, with most threats by Mullins and Martin McPhail, though Jason Jones-Hughes went closest, denied only a couple of metres from the goal-line. Occasionally the pattern broke, once when Sean Lamont broke down the right touchline into the Munster half, but his pass was grabbed by the wrong hands for a swift counter by the visitors.It was in that last quarter that the Glasgow resolve was most severely tested. But their lineout and scrummage were mainly secure, and they owed much to Parks for the length and accuracy of his punt placements. The stand-off had the facility to drill the ball even beyond Munster's deep-lying outside backs. It undoubtedly did much to keep up others" spirits to know that Parks could be relied on to clear whatever possession was won in deep defence, regardless of how often the visitors laid siege to the home 22.Ulster and Connacht are in the last four along with Glasgow, and the remaining semi-finalists will be decided by the Edinburgh v Cardiff match at Meadowbank this evening. Connacht, who beat Glasgow in the league last week, edged out Llanelli by 14-12 away from home at Stradey Park, and Ulster won through on a 3-2 try-count after a 23-all draw with Leinster at Ravenhill. The semi-final draw will be announced after the Meadowbank match.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Rory Kerr, Gareth Maclure, Alan Bulloch, David Millard; Daniel Parks, Kenny Sinclair; Matt Proudfoot, Simon Gunn, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Paul Dearlove, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Euan Murray for Proudfoot (22-26 minutes and 49), Joe Beardshaw for Ross (68), Sean Lamont for Millard (68), Scott Lawson for Gunn (74). Replacements not used - Roland Reid, Richard McKnight, Calvin Howarth.Tries, Kerr, Dearlove; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (2).Munster - Dominic Crotty; Mossie Lawlor, Mike Mullins, Jason Jones-Hughes, Shaun Payne; Jeremy Staunton, Eoin Reddan; Simon Kerr, Jerry Flannery, Jody Danaher, Trevor Hogan, David Pusey, Stephen Keogh, Jim Williams (captain), David Wallace. Substitutes - Martin Cahill for Danaher (49), Martin McPhail for Crotty (60), Roche for Kerr (63), Mike Prendergast for Payne (75). Replacements not used - Eddie Halvey, Colm McMahon, Killian Keane.Tries, Kerr, Mullins; conversions, Staunton (2).Referee - Hugh Watkins (Wales).Attendance - 2942.Glasgow 18, Munster 14Glasgow are in the Celtic Cup semi-finals. Against the odds, they won through to the last four by digging deep into their reserves of spirit and determination to wrest victory against Munster at Hughenden this evening.As a performance, it was the personification of sneddum. In the annals of Glasgow's short professional history the result was the best of its type - victory in a "need to win" match.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, summed it up as "a great result for Scottish rugby." After all, Munster came here as Celtic League champions, one of the most highly reputed teams in European rugby. It did not deflect from the significance of the result that both teams, Munster more than Glasgow, were shorn of World Cup players.Glasgow packed all of their 18 points into the 22 minutes spanning the interval, a psychologically key phase in almost any contest. They went into half-time with a 10-7 lead after a Rory Kerr try. They struck again eight minutes into the second half with a Paul Dearlove try, to which Daniel Parks added his second penalty goal.It was, though, Munster who drew first blood just five minutes into the game. After the visitors had weathered Glasgow's brief early storm Simon Kerr ploughed over from Dominic Crotty's thrust to the goal-line, and Jeremy Staunton added the conversion.That was ominous, and the portents were even more worrying when Gareth Maclure was sin-binned for a tackle offence. But Glasgow survived his absence, and as soon as the centre returned Dearlove and Cameron Mather raised the tempo in a thrust that deserved more than it achieved.It helped the Glasgow cause that Staunton missed a couple of penalties, and perseverance was at last rewarded when Rory Kerr, prospecting off his wing for gold at the forwards" heels, squirmed over for a try. Parks converted less than 10 minutes before the interval, and the stand-off added another goal after when Kerr, chasing a Parks kick ahead, forced Shaun Payne to concede a penalty for holding on in the tackle.Early in the second half Mather was not far away from scoring on the blind side of a close-range lineout, and, eventually, continuous pressure broke the Munster defence when Dearlove dived over after key contributions from Kerr, Parks, Donnie Macfadyen, Maclure, and Kenny Sinclair in the lead-up. Parks missed the conversion from wide on the left, but he soon added a goal from a collapsed-maul penalty.That took Glasgow 11 points clear in 52 minutes. It should have been a sure foundation as a winning lead, but Munster soon cut it back. Exploiting a lapse in Glasgow concentration, the visitors worked the space for Mike Mullins to sprint through for Staunton to convert.For more than 20 minutes thereafter Glasgow were mainly on the back foot, with most threats by Mullins and Martin McPhail, though Jason Jones-Hughes went closest, denied only a couple of metres from the goal-line. Occasionally the pattern broke, once when Sean Lamont broke down the right touchline into the Munster half, but his pass was grabbed by the wrong hands for a swift counter by the visitors.It was in that last quarter that the Glasgow resolve was most severely tested. But their lineout and scrummage were mainly secure, and they owed much to Parks for the length and accuracy of his punt placements. The stand-off had the facility to drill the ball even beyond Munster's deep-lying outside backs. It undoubtedly did much to keep up others" spirits to know that Parks could be relied on to clear whatever possession was won in deep defence, regardless of how often the visitors laid siege to the home 22.Ulster and Connacht are in the last four along with Glasgow, and the remaining semi-finalists will be decided by the Edinburgh v Cardiff match at Meadowbank this evening. Connacht, who beat Glasgow in the league last week, edged out Llanelli by 14-12 away from home at Stradey Park, and Ulster won through on a 3-2 try-count after a 23-all draw with Leinster at Ravenhill. The semi-final draw will be announced after the Meadowbank match.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Rory Kerr, Gareth Maclure, Alan Bulloch, David Millard; Daniel Parks, Kenny Sinclair; Matt Proudfoot, Simon Gunn, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Paul Dearlove, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Euan Murray for Proudfoot (22-26 minutes and 49), Joe Beardshaw for Ross (68), Sean Lamont for Millard (68), Scott Lawson for Gunn (74). Replacements not used - Roland Reid, Richard McKnight, Calvin Howarth.Tries, Kerr, Dearlove; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (2).Munster - Dominic Crotty; Mossie Lawlor, Mike Mullins, Jason Jones-Hughes, Shaun Payne; Jeremy Staunton, Eoin Reddan; Simon Kerr, Jerry Flannery, Jody Danaher, Trevor Hogan, David Pusey, Stephen Keogh, Jim Williams (captain), David Wallace. Substitutes - Martin Cahill for Danaher (49), Martin McPhail for Crotty (60), Roche for Kerr (63), Mike Prendergast for Payne (75). Replacements not used - Eddie Halvey, Colm McMahon, Killian Keane.Tries, Kerr, Mullins; conversions, Staunton (2).Referee - Hugh Watkins (Wales).Attendance - 2942.