Published: Wed, October 26, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Munster honours dead coach with pre-match tribute, big win

As the match ended Michael Corcoran summed up the mood around Thomond Park, while Munster greats Donal Lenihan and Denis Hurley gave their insights into the feelings swimming around the heads of the players, who only laid their friend to rest a day before the game. The New Zealander sliced through a gap in midfield and, having been stopped initially, forced his way over the line with support from Conor Murray.

A minute's silence or applause for Foley will take place at all European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup fixtures this week.

The game could have swung a very different way in the 18th minute when Keith Earls tip tackled Fraser Brown, the Glasgow hooker apearing to land awkwardly but on his shoulder rather neck, although referee Jerome Garces and his TMO, fellow Frenchman Arnaud Blondel, took a different view, deeming Earls's action warranted a red card and Munster were facing more than a hour of the game short-handed.

Taute, on his European debut, then almost intercepted a Glasgow pass in midfield but the ball went forward as he shipped a high tackle with Finn Russell kicking Glasgow's first points to make it 7-3 shortly afterwards.

Munster announced that Ireland worldwide CJ Stander, who has been selected in the number eight position against Glasgow, would wear number 24.

The performance was so good, you'd almost forget that Munster had been reduced to 14 midway through the half after Keith Earls had been sent off.

The reply was immediate as the Munster pack powered their way through the Glasgow scrum for a penalty with Bleyendaal slotting over again from just outside the 22 to make it 17-3.

Keith Earls clashes with Stuart Hogg after he was sent off.

An over-cooked kick from Russell and further control from the Munster forwards saw the hosts keep an iron grip on proceedings.

Munster's dominance up front yielded a penalty try, early in the second period, and although Pat MacArthur and Mark Bennett both touched down in the final quarter, a closing seven-pointer from Rory Scannell was a fitting end to a highly emotional day in Limerick.

It was the ideal end to a hard week for Munster Rugby.

Addressing Foley's widow, Oliver, Malone added: "You were his true love, and how good you were together".

You could feel how much this win meant to them afterwards and it really showed when they were joined by Foley's two sons on the pitch for an incredibe rendition of Munster's trademark anthem, Stand Up and Fight.

Munster out-half Tyler Bleyendaal.

Replacements: D Casey, B Scott, S Archer, R Copeland, J O'Donoghue, D Williams, I Keatley, R O'Mahony.

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