Pro14: Glasgow Warriors 25-10 Munster
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|Pro14: Glasgow Wariors 25-10 Munster|
|Glasgow Warriors 25 (22)|
|Tries: Gibbins, Hogg, Ashe Cons: Horne Hogg (2) Pens: Horne, Hogg|
|Munster 10 (0)|
|Tries: Marshall Cons: Carberry Pens: Hanrahan|
Glasgow Warriors made it two wins from two Pro14 matches as a first-half blitz saw off Munster 25-10 at Scotstoun.
The Warriors came to life after a cagey start, scoring three first-half tries through Callum Gibbins and Stuart Hogg, both finishing off after patient play, and Adam Ashe, who capitalised on a JJ Hanrahan error.
Munster responded in the second half, a Hanrahan penalty getting them on the scoreboard before substitute hooker Rhys Marshall crossed after constant pressure.
However, Glasgow defended stoutly and added a Hogg penalty to their first-half tally to take them to the top of Conference A.
The opening exchanges were predictably cagey, both sides having finished first and second in Conference A last season. Neither side could keep a hold of the ball or string phases together consistently.
Munster have a fearsome reputation for their aggression and power at the breakdown, traits Glasgow were criticised for lacking at times last season.
But at Scotstoun it was a case of a role reversal as the Warriors' forward pack dominated and laid the platform for a first-half assault, started by co-captain Gibbins.
Munster coughed up possession, and the ball fell to Jonny Gray who charged forward, offloading to Adam Hastings who was brought down in the Munster 22. Glasgow then showed great patience to work the ball left and then right, before Hastings found space to loop a pass to Gibbins, who finished in the corner, Horne missing the conversion.
Munster continued to fall foul of the referee, which gifted Warriors position.
Yet another lineout drive set the Glasgow pack away before stopping short. But Gray, Fraser Brown and Ashe continued to batter away at the Munster line before Hastings provided the craft to match the forward's grunt, slipping in a sumptuous kick which Hogg got to first to touch down.
The Scotland full-back dusted himself down to fire over the conversion.
Munster may not have had made Glasgow work much for field position but had proven stubborn at defending their own try line, at least until Warriors' third try.
Hanrahan failed to collect a simple pass from his scrum-half, the ball spilling over the try line with Ashe the first to get his hands on it, Hogg adding the extras.
After the break Hanrahan got some points on the board for the visitors after a Glasgow scrum infringement.
Munster's pride was clearly hurt after a lacklustre first 40 minutes which saw them battered and bullied. They came charging forward, attempting to dish out some pain of their own.
The Glasgow wall was eventually breached though after another Munster wave of attack. Replacement hooker Rhys Marshall found a gap between tiring defenders to set up what might have been a tense final 10 minutes, but after Joey Carberry was successful with the extra two points Munster were pinged for holding on from the restart.
Hogg stepped up to knock over a simple penalty to give the Warriors some breathing space.
The Scotland full-back then departed, replaced by Niko Matawalu whose deep kick eventually saw Gibbins cross the whitewash for a second time, only for the effort to be ruled out, meaning Glasgow missed out on a bonus point.
Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie: "We had better effort getting bodies on bodies and getting a bit more dominant in the tackle.
"Again, the big men set the platform for us. For some reason, we get criticised a bit around our set-piece. But as we showed again this week, a dominant scrum and an excellent line-out maul which netted us a few points."
Glasgow: Hogg; Seymour, Grigg, P Horne, Van der Merwe; Hastings, G Horne; Kebble, Brown, Z Fagerson, Harley, Gray, Wilson, Gibbins, Ashe.
Replacements: Turner, Bhatti, Rae, Cummings, M Fagerson, Price, Dunbar, Matawalu.
Munster: Haley; Sweetnam, Arnold, R Scannell, Daly; Hanrahan, N Cronin; Kilcoyne, Sherry, Ryan, Kleyn, Holland, O'Callaghan, O'Donnell, Botha.
Replacements: Marshall, J Cronin, Archer, Wycherley, Beirne, Williams, Carbery, Taute.