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Glasgow Warriors on a high after sealing title at Kingspan

Munster 13-31 Glasgow

By Michael Sadlier

Published 01/06/2015

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend
Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend

As a beaming Al Kellock wandered about with his PRO12 winners' medal, you couldn't help but wonder what might have been had Ulster managed to seal that epic semi-final.

Yes, but there was certainly no begrudging Glasgow Warriors their first ever title after thumping Munster 31-13 which seemed even more just as they had finished top of the league as well.

And Kellock, fittingly in his last game prior to retirement, got to lift the Guinness PRO12 trophy at the rain-hit Kingspan.

The conditions weren't what you'd expect for the end of May, but despite it all the Warriors played some wonderful rugby, fully meriting Scottish rugby's first notable silverware success since the turn of the century.

And while Paul O'Connell ended his Munster career with no trophy, Kellock and his team-mates could feel rightly proud.

Warriors coach Gregor Townsend said afterwards: "We knew that playing into the wind (in the first half) we'd have more ball, and we knew the bad weather was coming in, so to get a lead was a big advantage.

"I'm very proud and getting the trophy is superb. We know now what to do with big games coming up," he added a year after they had lost the PRO12 final to Leinster.

The Warriors torched Munster in the first half, profiting from man of the match Leone Nakarawa's sumptuous off-loading. Tries from Rob Harley, DTH van der Merwe and Henry Pyrgos gave them a 21-10 lead at the interval.

Though Munster closed it to 21-13, a Finn Russell try ended any prospect of a revival. So, hats off to Glasgow who clearly absorbed the lessons from the past. Ulster, take note.

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