Glasgow reclaim PRO12 top spot
October 6, 2013
Ryan Grant crossed for the table-toppers © Getty Images
Unbeaten Glasgow went back to the top of the RaboDirect Pro 12 table with a hard-fought 17-12 victory over the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday.
The basis of their fifth straight win came from two tries in the first 30 minutes through prop Ryan Grant and lock Tim Swinson, while Duncan Weir, in his first start of the season, added both coth conversions and a 62nd-minute penalty. Scarlets, who earned a losing bonus point, scored four penalty goals, three for fly-half Rhys Priestland and one from wing Jordan Williams. Glasgow held on to win despite second half yellow cards for Sean Lamont and wing Niko Matawalu.
Munster overcame Leinster 19-15 in the all-Irish affair at Thomond Park. And It was Munster's Ian Keatley who grabbed the headlines in the post-Ronan O'Gara era. Man-of-the-Match Keatley produced his most authoritative display in the Munster No. 10 jersey to date, creating the game's only try for Keith Earls and reeling off five successful kicks from seven attempts for a 14-point tally. The result saw Munster deservedly end a four-match losing streak against Leinster, who were without Brian O'Driscoll due to a calf strain. After a stop-start opening quarter, Munster edged their way to a 10-9 interval lead with Keatley creating - and converting - a classy 33rd-minute try for Earls.
Keatley's opposite number Ian Madigan, who had been sin-binned in the previous play, landed two first-half penalties which were added to by a Fergus McFadden kick on the stroke of half-time. There was little between the provinces in the second period, but Munster's forwards exerted greater control, especially in the scrum, and Keatley's right boot did the rest, landing three more penalties to two from Madigan.
Cardiff Blues grabbed a vital 29-12 victory over bottom side Edinburgh to boost morale before the Heineken Cup begins next weekend. However, the Scottish side - whose points all came from Greig Laidlaw's kicks - showed little sign of ending their current misery. A surprisingly large 7,245 turned out for this Sunday afternoon fixture and the majority, along with relieved home coach Phil Davies, will have gone home happy.
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