Magnificent Munster battle their way to URC semi-finals

Gavin Coombes who turned in a man-of-the-match performance against the Glasgow Warriors..

MUNSTER will meet old foes Leinster in the semi-final of the United Rugby Championship after handing Glasgow Warriors their only home defeat of the season at Scotstoun last night, 5-14.

The eagerly awaited tie has been confirmed for the Aviva Stadium next Saturday at 5.30pm, with tickets available from Tuesday. Next weekend’s other semi-final is Connacht away to DHL Stormers in Western Cape.

Malakai Fekitoa and Antoine Frisch scored both Munster tries in the first half, with Jack Crowley converting both.

A red card for Glasgow out-half Tom Jordan was a blow for the hosts but they kept the pressure on Munster in the second half with Kyle Steyn touching down for their only score.

The victory came at a price with Peter O’Mahony, RG Snyman, Conor Murray, Diarmuid Barron, Calvin Nash and Malakai Fekiota all departing with knocks.

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O’Mahony departed after just five minutes; RG Snyman went off ten minutes later; Murray soon afterwards; Barron early in the second-half; Nash not long after and Fekiota in the closing stages. 

The sextet will be assessed by the medical department in the coming days. On a more positive note , the returning Tadhg Beirne lasted the entire 80 minutes. 

Gavin Coombes was named Player of the Match.

 Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash (HIA, Malakai Fekitoa, 66) (HIA, Jeremy Loughman, 78), Antoine Frisch, Malakai Fekitoa (Ben Healy, 56), Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Conor Murray (HIA, Craig Casey, 25); Jeremy Loughman (Josh Wycherley, 59), Diarmuid Barron (inj, Niall Scannell, 41), Stephen Archer (Roman Salanoa, 62); Jean Kleyn (Alex Kendellen, 72), RG Snyman (HIA, Fineen Wycherley, 17); Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony (captain) (inj, John Hodnett, 5), Gavin Coombes.