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Last Updated: Friday, 3 October, 2003, 20:57 GMT 21:57 UK
Glasgow stun Munster
Rory Kerr (centre) celebrates helping Glasgow to victory
Rory Kerr (centre) celebrates helping Glasgow to victory
Glasgow 18-14 Munster

Glasgow pulled off a major upset by reaching the semi-finals of the Celtic Cup at the expense of Munster at Hughenden on Friday night.

The Scots produced one of their best-ever displays to hold out in the face of a late onslaught from last year's Celtic League champions.

Having weathered an early storm, a Munster counter-attack produced the opening score - a series of thrusts gained the visitors ground before prop Simon Kerr made the decisive burst to plunge over the line for a try, which Jeremy Staunton converted.

Glasgow had Gareth Maclure sin-binned for dissent, but on his return to the field, he almost brought his side back into the game as he took a pass from back row Paul Dearlove, who had charged 40 metres from a scrum on halfway, only for the ball to spill from Maclure's grasp just inches short of the try line.

Munster's Staunton then missed two kickable penalties before Glasgow finally got off the mark in 34 minutes when winger Rory Kerr showed superb presence of mind and agility to touch down over his own head after being tackled a metre short.

Australian fly-half Dan Parks levelled the scores with the conversion before kicking Glasgow into the lead on the stroke of half-time after Munster full-back Dominic Crotty was penalised for failing to release.

The astute place-kicking of Parks was instumental in the turn-around and there was further pressure from Glasgow on the restart, with both captain Cammy Mather and winger Dave Millard going close to extending the lead.

They did go further ahead when Kerr's pass allowed Dearlove to breeze over and despite missing the conversion, Parks extended Glasgow's lead to 18-7 with a penalty soon after.

An enthralling contest took another twist when Mike Mullins' try, converted by Staunton, reduced the deficit to four points, but Glasgow held on for a momentous victory.

Glasgow: Stuart Moffat, Rory Kerr, Gareth Maclure, Alan Bulloch, David Millard, Daniel Parks, Kenny Sinclair, Matt Proudfoot, Simon Gunn, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Paul Dearlove, Donnie Macfadyen.

Substitutes: Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Roland Reid, Richard McKnight, Calvin Howarth, Sean Lamont.

Munster: Dominic Crotty, Mossie Lawlor, Mike Mullins, Jason Jones Hughes, Shaun Payne, Jeremy Staunton, Eoin Reddan, Simon Kerr, Jerry Flannery, Jody Danaher, Trevor Hogan, David Pusey, Stephen Keogh, David Wallace, Jim Williams.

Substitutes: Martin McPhail, Killian Keane, Mike Prendergast, Colm McMahon, Eddie Halvey, Frank Roche, Martin Cahill.



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