DFP Header Area

Share this MunsterRugby.ie page

Match Pages - Match Information

Current standing

Match Pages - Current Standing

Head to head

Match Pages - Head to Head

Last time

Match Pages - Last Time

Recent form

Match Pages - Form Guide

Season so far

Match Page - Season so far

Munster Rugby E-zine

Sign up to the e-zine to get all the latest news directly to your inbox from Munster Rugby

Tough Test In Firhill

September 9, 2011 12:00 am By Munster Rugby

There’s a feeling abroad in Glasgow that tonight’s clash in Firhill Stadium is cherry ripe for the Warriors to get their RaboDirect PRO12 campaign up and running.

They gave Ulster more than a decent run for their money in Ravenhill last weekend and would see an opportunity tonight to make amends for the points they feel they left behind them in Belfast.

There's also the little matter of the tonking Munster gave them last season when Warriors scored 29 points and still got beaten (29-43) having led 26-17 at the break.

They give a debut to 21 year old elite Development player Nick Campbell, who'll pack down in the second row alongside Tom Ryder which means a switch to the blindside flank for skipper Rob Harley. 

Munster need more of what they delivered in the first half against Dragons and much less of what we saw in the second for this fixture that has always proved troublesome in terms of harvesting points.

Munster captain Peter O'Mahony is looking for a step up from last week. “”I've never played them here but been involved against them a couple of times and they've always been a hardy team”. he said.

“They have a big physical pack. They're well able to throw the ball about especially at home. Getting points on the road is always difficult but we'll go in with a positive mindset.”

“I think we've progressed every game since the first one in La Rochelle. We've taken it up a level every week since so our aim is to keep that momentum going and drive on with our own game plan.”

“We know we need to go up a level, probably a few levels from last week. There are areas we want to improve, things we want to try out. But we know we need to be very focussed tonight.”

Munster: J Murphy; D Howlett, D Barnes, L Mafi, S Zebo; I Keatley, P Stringer; W du Preez, D Varley, J Hayes; B Holland, M O'Driscoll; P O'Mahony (capt), N Ronan, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Fogarty, M Horan, S Archer, D Foley, T O'Donnell, D Williams, S Deasy, T Gleeson.

Glasgow Warriors: S Hogg; F Aramburu, R Dewey, T Nathan, C Shaw; D Weir, H Pyrgos; R Grant, P MacArthur, M Cusack, T Ryder, N Campbell, R Hartley (capt) C Fusaro, R Wilson. Replacements: F Gillies, E Kalman, G Reid, J Eddie, R Pitman, C Gregor, S Wight, P Horne.

Referee: D Phillips (IRFU).

Munster - Match Page - Lineups - Preview

Munster Rugby E-zine

Sign up to the e-zine to get all the latest news directly to your inbox from Munster Rugby

12th On The Trot For Munster

September 10, 2011 12:00 am By Munster Rugby

Munster created history in Firhill where their 23-12 victory over Glasgow Warriors made them the only side in the history of the competition to notch up 12 successive victories.

And they were full value for that win keeping their opponents tryless for the second week in a row while scoring two themselves, the first from Niall Ronan just before half time and the second from Simon Zebo at the start of the second.

They led 16-6 at the break, out-half Ian Keatley providing them with direction with some wonderful line kicking and 11 points, three of those coming from a penalty he kicked from about four metres inside his own half.

Munster stung the home side with that try from Ronan right on half time and there was further woe for the home side when Simon Zebo rounded off a period of intense pressure with a try in the 45th minute.

Speaking about that crucial score Zebo said, ” The ball was kinda slow but Mafs got on the end of it after a good line from Strings and I was just following Mafs on the inside. Y'now when he (Mafi) gets on the ball you always expect him to break the tackle and Iwas hoping to get the off-load.

After that Munster spent a good deal of the remainder of the game defending their line which they did with a determination and commitment that was hugely impressive. Towards the closing stages Munster turned down kicks at goal instead taking quick taps or going for close in line-out but were unable to break the Munster defensive line.

Once again however, they lost two players to the bin, Ronan in the 15th minute and Billy Holland in the 68th, that one looking more than a little harsh. Those yellows wont have pleased Tony McGahan but there was enough that will have from a side that is growing in confidence.

Munster: J Murphy; D Howlett, D Barnes, L Mafi, S Zebo; I Keatley, P Stringer; W du Preez, D Varley, J Hayes; B Holland, M O'Driscoll; P O'Mahony (capt), N Ronan, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Fogarty, M Horan, S Archer, D Foley, T O'Donnell, D Williams, S Deasy, T Gleeson.

Glasgow Warriors: S Hogg; F Aramburu, R Dewey, T Nathan, C Shaw; D Weir, H Pyrgos; R Grant, P MacArthur, M Cusack, T Ryder, N Campbell, R Hartley (capt) C Fusaro, R Wilson. Replacements: F Gillies, E Kalman, G Reid, J Eddie, R Pitman, C Gregor, S Wight, P Horne.

Referee: D Phillips (IRFU).

Match Pages - Summary

Match Page - Timeline

Match page - Match Stats

Match Page - Lineups

Munster Rugby E-zine

Sign up to the e-zine to get all the latest news directly to your inbox from Munster Rugby