All You Need To Know | Munster v Glasgow Warriors
26th October 2018 By The Editor
Munster host Conference A leaders Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday evening (5.15pm).
The ticket offices at both Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park are open from 10am to 5pm, Monday – Friday.
Munster will be desperate to get the win that could see them leapfrog Cardiff and Ospreys into second place in Conference A as they return to Guinness PRO14 action.
Glasgow Flying High
Glasgow Warriors have enjoyed a superb start to the Guinness PRO14 campaign with five wins in the opening six games putting them at the top of Conference A.
An away trip to Connacht in their opening game saw the visitors come out on top by a point after a thriller at the Sportsground, with Stuart Hogg kicking the match-winning penalty with seven minutes remaining.
Munster travelled to Glasgow in Round 2, with the home side prevailing 25-10 after tries from Callum Gibbons, Stuart Hogg and Adam Ashe.
Glasgow then travelled to South Africa for Round 3 and 4, defeating the Cheetahs 52-24 in a game that saw 11 tries scored, including five from Glasgow in the second half. Round 4 conjured up what many would consider a surprise result, as they went down 38-28 to the Southern Kings who secured a bonus point win in their first victory of their campaign.
Rounds 5 and 6 saw the Warriors back on home turf and back in business with two bonus point wins – defeating the Dragons 29-13 and Zebre 36-8. It was a tough start for Glasgow Warriors in Europe as they went down 13-3 to Saracens at Scotstoun in Round 1. Last weekend, they travelled to Cardiff Blues and got their Champions Cup campaign back on track with a very impressive 29-12 bonus-point win.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; JJ Hanrahan, Alby Mathewson; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Arno Botha, Neil Cronin, Ian Keatley, Darren Sweetnam.
Glasgow Warriors: Ruaridh Jackson; DTH van der Merwe, Nick Grigg, Sam Johnson, Rory Hughes; Pete Horne, George Horne; Oli Kebble, Grant Stewart, D’Arcy Rae, Rob Harley, Scott Cummings, Adam Ashe, Callum Gibbins, Matt Fagerson.
Replacements: Kevin Bryce, Jamie Bhatti, Petrus du Plessis, Greg Peterson, Chris Fusaro, Nick Frisby, Brandon Thomson, Niko Matawalu.
A Word From The Head Coach
Ahead of the clash, Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan said: “We have pretty big dreams for this team and we want to improve week on week. I think there has been a lot of growth since last season, especially in the last four weeks, I felt there has been a lot of progression.
“The frustration from the whole group is that we have scored some fantastic tries and then have we let in one or two penalties. It’s a fine line between winning and losing. Guys make a mistake in the last minute of the game, or you miss a kick, and all of a sudden you can be a game down, and for others it can be about luck, or you can play well and get back on top.
“Glasgow are playing very good rugby, I thought they were very good on Sunday against Cardiff Blues.
“When we played them earlier in the season I thought we played pretty well for the first twenty minutes in Glasgow. Then we conceded one or two set-piece penalties and we played against the wind. They penned us in our own 22 and scored three tries in the second part of the first half, and I thought we did very well in that second half with the wind but we didn’t convert our opportunities into points.
“They were better on the day a few weeks ago, so they are a quality side and we look forward to playing them.”
Referee: Dan Jones (WRU)
Assistant Referees: Elgan Williams (WRU) & Chris Busby (IRFU)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)
- Available from €20 online via here.
- From the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices at Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park, Cork (open 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday)
- By calling 061 421103
The game will be broadcast live on eir Sport.