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- Guinness PRO12
- 26th Mar 2010
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Thomond Park, Limerick
- Att: 20,000
Munster clinch late win
Last-gasp try sees Munster prevail at Thomond Park
South African centre Jean de Villiers' late try to boost Munster to a 27-19 victory against Magners League play-off rivals Glasgow at Thomond Park.
The first half saw both sides cross over as winger Denis Hurley touched down for Munster and stand-in captain John Barclay completed a mighty breakaway effort for the visitors.
A cagey second period saw Ronan O'Gara and Dan Parks land three penalties apiece before De Villiers closed out the home triumph with just five minutes remaining.
Munster made a strong start, with Mick O'Driscoll and Donncha O'Callaghan turning over Parks in the tackle before a dinked kick from Paul Warwick almost sent O'Gara and Ian Dowling through to cross over.
O'Gara then fired a cross-field kick that DTH van der Merwe did well to defend but Glasgow managed to regain composure, helped by a powerful set-piece that saw the hosts driven off their own ball at the first scrum.
A penalty was sent wide of the posts by O'Gara, but Munster compensated soon after, finally reaping results from their territorial control when Hurley touched down in the right corner on the quarter-hour.
Centres De Villiers and Lifeimi Mafi set up the try, breaking through a couple of tackles before a long pass from Dowling allowed Hurley to power past Van der Merwe.
O'Gara bounced the touchline conversion off the left-hand post but managed to add a penalty soon after before Parks opened his account, booting a left-sided kick over from long range.
Warriors then found themselves down a man after centre Graeme Morrison was yellow-carded for obstructing Dowling as he tore after a 32nd-minute kick.
But it was Munster that were in trouble barely a minute later as an O'Gara pass on the visitors' 22 was intercepted by Barclay, who surged to the line, avoiding a desperate tackle by Mafi.
The thrilling score, converted by Parks, put Glasgow ahead, but Munster reclaimed their lead before half-time as O'Gara kicked his second successful penalty to edge the hosts to 11-10.
The Munster forwards came back with a new sense of urgency but Warriors managed to withstand the assault, and Parks put the visitors ahead once more with his second penalty of the match.
But the Scottish side then struggled to use their advantage in the scrum, allowing Munster to snatch a run of penalties to pull 20-13 clear, with O'Gara booting three in all, landing the third after Glasgow replacement Kevin Tkachuk was sent to the sin bin for a ruck offence.
Munster suffered a second-half wobble when Niall Ronan was binned for a similar infringement 13 minutes from time, and Parks narrowed the advantage to 20-19 with two further penalties.
But the weary visitors failed to expand on that score and Munster came back for an exciting finish, with De Villiers surging past Max Evans on the 22 and dotting down in the corner, resisting the challenge of Morrison and replacement Hefin O'Hare.
O'Gara's touchline conversion capped off Munster's win nicely, while denying the visitors a bonus point.
Guinness PRO12 Table
|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 28th February|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Zebre 16 - 26 Treviso|
|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|
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