Stirring Display Earns Glasgow Win Over Euro Champs

Glasgow Warriors 24, Munster 13Hughenden was happy again this evening. Glasgow Warriors returned their first Magners League win of the season, beating Munster, the European champions.Dan Parks scored 19 of their points, including an interception try, the Scotland stand-off running almost 70 metres all the way to score. In doing so he disproved the suspicion that he does not have the sustained pace to exploit his penchant for poaching.Earlier Thom Evans had scored Glasgowa?'s first try for an 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. For that score the elusive and electric wing had pounced on a neat rolling kick from Parks through to the left corner, and with the stand-off converting his own try, adding to four earlier penalty goals, Glasgow led 24-6 only nine minutes into the second half. But they were under severe pressure late in the game while both Euan Murray and Sam Pinder were in the sin-bin.Glasgow could take considerable credit for their third successive league win against Munster a?" two at home, and one at fortress Thomond. True, this latest victory was against a team far different from the Munster line-up on the European final in May this season, though they travelled to Hughenden strengthened to some degree after the 9-8 home win against Border Reivers in Limerick last weekend.However, injuries could have upset the Glasgow cause. Franscisco Leonelli was a late call-off because of a hamstring injury, and his stand-in at full back, Colin Shaw, had to be taken to hospital after a leg injury 24 minutes into the game. However, by the time of Shawa?'s departure on a stretcher Glasgow led 11-6, they increased it to an eight-point margin by the interval, and they were 24-6 up only nine minutes into the second half. That 18-point difference was to provide a welcome cushion for the battering that followed in the final quarter.Throughout the game, with Parks dictating the pattern in Glasgowa?'s best phases, the contest was exciting and enthralling. But it was not much of the flowing kind. It was often an ugly contest, with Glasgow digging deep to play rugby that at times was fierce and fearsome.Defensively, Warriors were secure. No one set a better example than John Beattie, especially when, late in the game, Glasgow were down to 13 men.Scott Barrow had to shift to scrum half in Pindera?'s absence, but he was undismayed by being out of his normal role in the emergency. His response was to take the game to the opposition, once driving forward off a close-range defensive scrummage, drawing the depleted pack in at his back, and ensuring Glasgow retained possession.That was a testing time. But Glasgow held until Tomas Oa?"Leary slipped away from a scrum in front of the posts for a try on the right. Ironically, that was immediately after Warriorsa?" numbers were up to 14 with Murraya?'s return.In the first quarter Andrew Henderson was the main man in Glasgowa?'s efforts. His drive close to a maul procured the position for the opening penalty goal after six minutes.Jeremy Manning answered in kind, and after another penalty-goal exchange by the outside halves Henderson was the principal in the lead-up to Glasgowa?'s first try. The centre thrust through from a free kick at halfway, John Barclay carried on, and Parks slotted a kick through for the Evans try.Parks missed the conversion from well out, and Munster tried to work their way into the game. They had Glasgow under pressure in that phase, but they let themselves down with too mainly handling errors a?" most caused by Glasgowa?'s in-your-face defence, but others simply unforced.Glasgow weathered that storm, and as the first half drew to close they back in offence. A slicing run by Evans set up the stand-offa?'s third penalty goal, Parks mis-hit two drop-goal attempts, and Beattie linked with Fergus Thomson in a threat.Another Parks penalty goal early in the second half was soon followed by the stand-offa?'s breakaway try, and Glasgow could have had the game sewn before the hour if Evans had not been held up in the left corner from another kick by the outside half. That set up a series of three five-metre scrums, and from the third Beattie induced a penalty. But that siege was raised when Munster turned the ball over.For much of the last quarter Glasgow were under the cosh, all the more so because of the two yellow cards a?" both for what, even if the professional game, is euphemistically called a a??professional foula??. Pinder particularly did not look happy, but that may have been because he had been on the field for barely a minute.It was to Glasgowa?'s credit that they did not buckle apart from conceding the Oa?"Leary try.Glasgow Warriors a?" Colin Shaw; Hefin Oa?"Hare, Sean Marsden, Andrew Henderson, Thom Evans; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Justin Vaa?"a, Fergus Thomson, Euan Murray, Andy Newman, Alastair Kellock (captain),_Andrew Wilson, John Beattie, John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Scott Barrow for Shaw (24 minutes), Kevin Tkachuk for Vaa?"a (64), Dan Turner for Newman (64), Stevie Swindall for Wilson (67), Vaa?"a for Barclay (68-78), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (68), Eric Milligan for Thomson (80).Tries, Evans, Parks; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (4).Munster a?" Shaun Payne; Ian Dowling, John Kelly, James Downey, Anthony Horgan; Jeremy Manning, Tomas Oa?"Leary; Darragh Hurley, Frank Sheahan, Federico Pucciariello, Mick O'Driscoll, Chris Wyatt, John O'Sullivan, Anthony Foley (captain), Tim McGann. Substitutes a?" Eoghan Hickey for Payne (54), Alan Quinlan for Oa?'sullivan (61), Brian Oa?"Meara for Manning (61), Tim Ryan for Pucciariello (67), Mossie Lawlor for Downey (72), Donnacha Ryan for Oa?'driscoll (72), Andy Kyriacou for Sheahan (72).Try, Oa?"Leary; conversion, Hickey; penalty goals, Manning (2).Referee a?" Nigel Owens (Wales).Man of the match a?" Parks.Attendance a?" 2295.Glasgow Warriors 24, Munster 13Hughenden was happy again this evening. Glasgow Warriors returned their first Magners League win of the season, beating Munster, the European champions.Dan Parks scored 19 of their points, including an interception try, the Scotland stand-off running almost 70 metres all the way to score. In doing so he disproved the suspicion that he does not have the sustained pace to exploit his penchant for poaching.Earlier Thom Evans had scored Glasgowa?'s first try for an 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. For that score the elusive and electric wing had pounced on a neat rolling kick from Parks through to the left corner, and with the stand-off converting his own try, adding to four earlier penalty goals, Glasgow led 24-6 only nine minutes into the second half. But they were under severe pressure late in the game while both Euan Murray and Sam Pinder were in the sin-bin.Glasgow could take considerable credit for their third successive league win against Munster a?" two at home, and one at fortress Thomond. True, this latest victory was against a team far different from the Munster line-up on the European final in May this season, though they travelled to Hughenden strengthened to some degree after the 9-8 home win against Border Reivers in Limerick last weekend.However, injuries could have upset the Glasgow cause. Franscisco Leonelli was a late call-off because of a hamstring injury, and his stand-in at full back, Colin Shaw, had to be taken to hospital after a leg injury 24 minutes into the game. However, by the time of Shawa?'s departure on a stretcher Glasgow led 11-6, they increased it to an eight-point margin by the interval, and they were 24-6 up only nine minutes into the second half. That 18-point difference was to provide a welcome cushion for the battering that followed in the final quarter.Throughout the game, with Parks dictating the pattern in Glasgowa?'s best phases, the contest was exciting and enthralling. But it was not much of the flowing kind. It was often an ugly contest, with Glasgow digging deep to play rugby that at times was fierce and fearsome.Defensively, Warriors were secure. No one set a better example than John Beattie, especially when, late in the game, Glasgow were down to 13 men.Scott Barrow had to shift to scrum half in Pindera?'s absence, but he was undismayed by being out of his normal role in the emergency. His response was to take the game to the opposition, once driving forward off a close-range defensive scrummage, drawing the depleted pack in at his back, and ensuring Glasgow retained possession.That was a testing time. But Glasgow held until Tomas Oa?"Leary slipped away from a scrum in front of the posts for a try on the right. Ironically, that was immediately after Warriorsa?" numbers were up to 14 with Murraya?'s return.In the first quarter Andrew Henderson was the main man in Glasgowa?'s efforts. His drive close to a maul procured the position for the opening penalty goal after six minutes.Jeremy Manning answered in kind, and after another penalty-goal exchange by the outside halves Henderson was the principal in the lead-up to Glasgowa?'s first try. The centre thrust through from a free kick at halfway, John Barclay carried on, and Parks slotted a kick through for the Evans try.Parks missed the conversion from well out, and Munster tried to work their way into the game. They had Glasgow under pressure in that phase, but they let themselves down with too mainly handling errors a?" most caused by Glasgowa?'s in-your-face defence, but others simply unforced.Glasgow weathered that storm, and as the first half drew to close they back in offence. A slicing run by Evans set up the stand-offa?'s third penalty goal, Parks mis-hit two drop-goal attempts, and Beattie linked with Fergus Thomson in a threat.Another Parks penalty goal early in the second half was soon followed by the stand-offa?'s breakaway try, and Glasgow could have had the game sewn before the hour if Evans had not been held up in the left corner from another kick by the outside half. That set up a series of three five-metre scrums, and from the third Beattie induced a penalty. But that siege was raised when Munster turned the ball over.For much of the last quarter Glasgow were under the cosh, all the more so because of the two yellow cards a?" both for what, even if the professional game, is euphemistically called a a??professional foula??. Pinder particularly did not look happy, but that may have been because he had been on the field for barely a minute.It was to Glasgowa?'s credit that they did not buckle apart from conceding the Oa?"Leary try.Glasgow Warriors a?" Colin Shaw; Hefin Oa?"Hare, Sean Marsden, Andrew Henderson, Thom Evans; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Justin Vaa?"a, Fergus Thomson, Euan Murray, Andy Newman, Alastair Kellock (captain),_Andrew Wilson, John Beattie, John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Scott Barrow for Shaw (24 minutes), Kevin Tkachuk for Vaa?"a (64), Dan Turner for Newman (64), Stevie Swindall for Wilson (67), Vaa?"a for Barclay (68-78), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (68), Eric Milligan for Thomson (80).Tries, Evans, Parks; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (4).Munster a?" Shaun Payne; Ian Dowling, John Kelly, James Downey, Anthony Horgan; Jeremy Manning, Tomas Oa?"Leary; Darragh Hurley, Frank Sheahan, Federico Pucciariello, Mick O'Driscoll, Chris Wyatt, John O'Sullivan, Anthony Foley (captain), Tim McGann. Substitutes a?" Eoghan Hickey for Payne (54), Alan Quinlan for Oa?'sullivan (61), Brian Oa?"Meara for Manning (61), Tim Ryan for Pucciariello (67), Mossie Lawlor for Downey (72), Donnacha Ryan for Oa?'driscoll (72), Andy Kyriacou for Sheahan (72).Try, Oa?"Leary; conversion, Hickey; penalty goals, Manning (2).Referee a?" Nigel Owens (Wales).Man of the match a?" Parks.Attendance a?" 2295.