Match Preview | Munster (A)
Glasgow Warriors are sitting top of the table after six rounds of competition. This weekend they are off to Musgrave Park to play last season’s winners, Munster.
Munster currently sit eighth in the table and are tied on points with Ulster, Edinburgh, Connacht and Benetton, who are all on 18 points.
Glasgow Warriors saw off Ulster at Scotstoun last weekend with a 33-20 win. After Ulster took an early lead Glasgow Warriors had equalised the score by the 40-minute mark. After half-time, Glasgow Warriors came out strong and not only attacked well at the breaks but defended well to keep Ulster from scoring any tries.
Defending champions Munster, have won all their home games (three) this season so far with two losses and a draw on the road. However, they not been beaten at Musgrave Park since Edinburgh visited four years ago. Munster suffered defeat to Leinster in round six of the league last weekend after failing to catch Leinster after they took an early lead. They did manage to secure a losing bonus point after Jack Crowley scored a penalty for the Munstermen.
The last time the two sides met during the regular season was when Glasgow headed off to Thomond Park and came away with a historic win over the Munster side. The game saw Sione Vailanu receive Player of the Match for his performance and the team secure the Scottish-Italian Sheild. The Glasgow side scored five tries and secured the win with a drop goal from Domingo Miotti. The side emerged victorious with 38 points to Munster’s 26. Munster however, returned the favour to Glasgow when they came to Scotstoun in the quarter-finals of the URC (United Rugby Championship) and put an end to Glasgow’s winning streak, before going onto win the league.
This weekend’s clash is sure to be one for the fans with both teams keen to make a mark on the other, especially following last year’s meetings.
Johnny Matthews for Glasgow has once again been on form and is now sitting top of the URC table for most tries scored. Stafford McDowall and Sione Tuipulotu have both been Players of the Match in recent games and should they be selected; the pairing could once again be key playmakers in the centre of the park.
This is Glasgow’s final game before the Investec Champions Cup kicks off next weekend and their next league matches are against Edinburgh in the 1872 derby. The game will be one for Glasgow to show to their future opponents how strong they can play in both attack and defence and set them in good standing for the final games of the year.
Match will be shown on Viaplay
The Old Schoolhouse Official Fan Hub will be open as usual, fans are encouraged to book ahead to avoid disappointment.