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RaboDirect PRO12: Glasgow Warriors grab shock win at Munster
Glasgow Warriors became the first Scottish team to win away at Munster in six years as they beat the Heineken Cup semi-finalists 22-5 at Thomond Park.
Gregor Townsend's men made it four RaboDirect PRO12 wins on the spin to boost their play-off push - they are now just three points behind third-placed Munster with a game in hand.
The Warriors scored three tries in an impressive first-half display, with efforts from Jonny Gray, Sean Maitland and Josh Strauss sending them 22-5 clear by half-time.
It was a deserved reward for the Scots' accuracy and aggression, with CJ Stander - Munster's man-of-the-match against Toulouse - posting the hosts' only response.
It was a first home defeat of the season for the Irish province - ending a 13-match streak - and Rob Penney's much-changed side produced few moments of inspiration at their eerily quiet Limerick fortress.
Showing seven changes from their Heineken Cup quarter-final-winning line-up, Munster allowed the Warriors a 10-point head-start as the imposing Strauss set the early standard in terms of physicality.
Young second row Gray followed the flanker's lead by powering through poor attempted tackles from John Ryan and JJ Hanrahan for his first league try. Weir tapped over the simple conversion.
Munster prop Ryan was singled out for a ruck penalty that Weir slotted between the posts in the ninth minute, before the hosts' attacking spark was provided by Simon Zebo and Hanrahan.
Twice the pair combined to unlock the Glasgow defence and on the second occasion only the outstretched boot of Chris Cusiter prevented Stander from touching down.
Just a minute later, Zebo broke through the middle and into the 22, with good hands from centres Keith Earls and James Downey releasing Stander to score to the right of the posts.
Hanrahan miscued his conversion attempt and came off with a knock shortly afterwards, but Glasgow soon restored that 10-point buffer with Maitland getting the better of his Lions colleague Zebo to dot down out wide on the right.
Scotland international Maitland provided the initial incision as he slipped by Downey and into the hosts' 22. Munster held out until the Warriors moved the ball to the right, where Maitland handed off Zebo to make it 15-5.
Weir was unable to convert and Munster missed a gilt-edged chance to reply as Stander, having intercepted a pass, opted to kick ahead instead of offload the ball with speed merchant Gerhard van den Heever on his shoulder.
The Munster defence was out-muscled again approaching half-time as, having been held up close to the posts, the Scots set up man-of-the-match Strauss to reach over past the covering Earls.
Weir's successful conversion widened the gap to 17 points at the break, and Munster almost fell further behind in the 49th minute as Ryan Wilson was inches away from a bonus point score - Zebo and Downey combined to deny him.
Defences were on top in the third quarter with Munster failing to convert scrum pressure into points, and they continued to play below par, emerging scoreless from a succession of visits to the Glasgow 22.
The province's execution let them down as they failed to shake off their European hangover, allowing Glasgow to celebrate a fourth victory in their last six trips to Ireland.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Dragons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ulster|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Connacht|
|TBC||Leinster vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Munster|
|17:15||Glasgow vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Ospreys 17 - 15 Scarlets|
|Glasgow Warriors 16 - 6 Edinburgh|
|Friday 26th December|
|Ulster 13 - 10 Connacht|
|Munster 28 - 13 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 17 - 23 Dragons|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Dragons 25 - 11 Zebre|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com