Late Bryce try helps Glasgow Warriors down Munster
Glenn Bryce's late score helped Glasgow Warriors to a 27-24 victory over Munster as last year's GUINNESS PRO12 champions look to climb back up the table.
In a pulsating first half props Sila Puafisi and Dave Kilcoyne both scored try-doubles, with Ian Keatley out-kicking Duncan Weir to hand Munster a 17-14 half-time lead.
But Weir exploded out of the traps after the restart with his superb solo score putting the home side back in front.
Munster refused to lie down and the boot of Keatley and a Mike Sherry try got the province back to within two points of their hosts.
However, Bryce was on the end of a flowing Warriors move with ten minutes remaining to lead last year's GUINNESS PRO12 champions to just their second win in their last eight games in all competitions, with this victory coming over the team they beat in last season's showpiece.
Glasgow Warriors signalled their intent right from the off as a couple of quickly taken penalties saw the home side camped just 5m away from the Munster tryline.
And they worked the ball to Puafisi who crashed home under the posts for his first Glasgow try, with Weir adding the easy conversion.
But the home side and Puafisi weren't done there and moments later the prop was celebrating a second try, Weir again adding the extras for an early 14-0 Glasgow lead.
On 12 minutes Munster got back in the game as they benefitted from a Warriors offside and Kilcoyne touched down, Keatley adding the extras.
And moments later Munster were back on the attack and earned a penalty right in front of their hosts' posts, with Keatley making no mistake.
On 23 minutes Munster took the lead as Kilcoyne went over for his second try, Keatley once again adding the extras as the visitors went 17-14 ahead.
The game continued to go from end-to-end and on 34 minutes Weir had the chance to kick Glasgow back into the lead, but his penalty sailed wide.
The next penalty Glasgow won Weir opted to go for the corner but Munster won the lineout and kicked upfield as there were no further scores before half-time.
But that all changed three minutes after the restart as Weir broke from inside the Munster 22 and went over in the corner to put the Warriors back in front, although his touchline conversion went wide.
Munster then dominated possession but were dealt a blow on 55minutes when Tomas O'Leary was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on.
And five minutes later Weir stretched Glasgow's lead with a penalty in front of the posts, but the visitors weren't about to lay down and Sherry went over in the corner, with Keatley's touchline conversion pushing Munster ahead 24-22.
However, with ten minutes left Bryce was on the end of a flowing Glasgow move to touch down out wide and put the home side back in front, although this time Weir was wide his conversion attempt.
Keatley attempted to cancel out Munster's three-point deficit with six minutes remaining, but his drop goal flew wide.
Weir himself was wide with a late penalty but as they saw out the final whistle at Rugby Park.
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Dave Kilcoyne scored two first-half tries but it wasn't enough to lead Munster to victory