Defending champions Munster – minus their Lions contingent – lost out 22-9 to Glasgow Warriors in their opening game in the Magners League in Firhill last night.
Replacement fly half Ruaridh Jackson scored the only try of the game, crossing the line eight minutes from time for a slick touchdown.
Dan Parks fired over five penalties to help the hosts, who were 12-3 up at the interval, to a deserved win.
Jeremy Manning was on target for the Reds, who were 3-0 up on early on, while Mark McMillan converted Jackson’s try.
Glasgow showed remarkable defensive commitment with big hits going in on Doug Howlett, Lifeimi Mafi and Manning on a night when the home side imposed themselves on the visiting pack.
Munster’s Lions quintet, Paul O’Connell, David Wallace, Ronan O’Gara, Keith Earls, Donncha O’Callaghan and John Hayes were absent this time.
Next Friday in Thomond Park, Munster will host Cardiff Blues, who lost 22-21 at home Edinburgh.
Meanwhile, Connaught were beaten 19-12 by the Ospreys in their Magners League opener in Galway last night.
Glasgow: Stortoni, Dewey, Murchie, Morrison, T. Evans, Parks, Cuister, Welsh, Hall, Low, Barker, Kellock, Brown, Barclay, Beattie.Subs; Shaw for Dewey (70), Jackson for Parks (70), McMillan for Cuister (70), Tkachuk for Welsh (67). N
Munster: Jones, Howlett, Gleeson, Mafi, D. Hurley, Manning, Stringer, Horan, Fogarty, Buckley, O’Driscoll, Ryan, Holland, Ronan, Leamy. Subs : Murphy for Gleeson (67), Morland for Stringer (57), Varley for Fogarty (57), Brugnaut for Buckley (57), Coughlan for Holland (57).