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Zebo bids farewell as Munster cut gap at the summit

Munster 21 Glasgow 10

By Stephen O'Neill

Munster defeated Glasgow 21-10 in their Guinness PRO14 Conference A top-of-the-table clash at Irish Independent Park.

Full-back Simon Zebo played his final game for Munster in his native Cork before his summer move to Racing 92 as they cut Glasgow's lead at the summit back to 12 points.

Tries in either half from front-rowers Niall Scannell and James Cronin, together with 11 points from the boot of fly-half Tyler Bleyendaal, guided the home side to their seventh successive win in Cork.

Although Edinburgh battled back from a 13-0 half-time deficit with scrum-half George Horne touching down, the absence of 19 players due to international commitments and injuries was keenly felt by the Scots.

Johann van Graan's men opened the scoring after 10 minutes when their Kiwi fly-half Bleyendaal slotted over a penalty.

Last season's beaten finalists scored the first try in the 24th minute when, from a penalty inside the Glasgow '22', they opted for a kick to the corner.

After a clean lineout and well-executed maul, hooker Scannell touched down. Bleyendaal converted for a 10-0 lead.

The Warriors fell further behind as a second Bleyendaal penalty, shortly before the break, had Munster 13-0 to the good.

Glasgow came out firing after the break and a 43rd-minute penalty from Adam Hastings was followed by a try from his half-back partner Horne.

When Hastings landed the conversion, Munster's lead was just three points at 13-10.

However, the province showed resilience and regained their grip when prop Cronin touched down for 18-10.

Bleyendaal sealed a much-needed win for the Munstermen and deprived Glasgow of a losing bonus point when landing his third penalty goal on the hour mark.

 

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