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Ian Keatley late show helps Munster beat battling Warriors

Glasgow Warriors 15 Munster 16

Ian Keatley slotted a decisive late drop-goal as Munster marched on to their sixth victory in a row. Munster had surged into a 13-3 advantage, based on rigid defence, before Glasgow fought back with two second-half tries.

The visitors looked the livelier in the opening exchanges, moving the ball confidently and forcing Glasgow to defend tenaciously before forcing a penalty, converted by Keatley.

From the restart Munster again put Glasgow under pressure, winning a line-out on the Warriors' '22'.

From the resultant catch and drive, the Munster forwards advanced the maul and when the ball was released Keatley put in a teasing cross-kick, contested and missed by both Peter Murchie and Darren Sweetnam but snapped up by the supporting Andrew Conway, who touched down, Keatley converting.

At the other end Peter Horne was on target to reduce the deficit, but was then forced off with an ankle injury.

His replacement Rory Clegg immediately made a contribution with a long penalty kick to touch. At the ensuing line-out Dave Kilcoyne was penalised and shown the yellow card but from a dangerous position, the visitors broke free with a surging run from Rory Scannell.

Still down to 14 men, Munster increased their lead with a second Keatley penalty to go into half time with a 13-3 advantage.

Glasgow winger Rory Hughes retired with a leg injury, replaced by Lee Jones.

The game seemed to be stuck in a stalemate and it desperately needed a bit of magic. It was provided by Glasgow scrum-half Ali Price, who scored under the posts, leaving Clegg with an easy conversion.

If one piece of magic lifted the crowd then a second sent them into ecstasy as Tommy Seymour sent Bennett racing to the line for Warriors' second try, to give Glasgow the lead for the first time.

But that late drop goal by Keatley restored the lead for Munster with three minutes of play remaining, and they held on for victory.

In the night's other game, Ospreys beat Edinburgh 31-22.

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