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Munster keep it simple as Graham Rowntree looks to Glasgow

'Job done' was the simple assessment of Graham Rowntree on Friday night.

Munster passed the first of what they hope will be three tests to keep the BKT United Rugby Championship trophy at Thomond Park, a 23-7 win against a plucky but limited Ospreys side, but will face a step up in class on Saturday evening when the Glasgow Warriors come to Limerick in the semi-finals.

Aside from a breathless first four minutes in which both sides scored tries, Munster's win against the Welsh side was a rather uneventful game in which they never looked like racking up a large score, but one that they never looked like losing. At this stage of the season, that counts as a good day.

"I thought we managed it well," Rowntree said of the performance, in which his side held the Ospreys scoreless after their early try.

"It was just composed, it was smart, it was cup rugby."

After taking a 14-7 lead through the opening quarter, Munster went for the three-six-nine approach as Jack Crowley tagged on three penalties to make sure they always had the Ospreys at arm's length.

"You know, we weren't perfect. Half time was about improving our discipline. We made a bright start. They came back in with that try immediately after we scored early on.

"Discipline was not great, we spoke about that half time, but third quarter they repelled us on their goal line, which gave them energy. We couldn't get over there, actually we were quite composed after not scoring in that first 10 minutes after half time. But then the second half we managed well, tactically, kicking-wise in greasy conditions.

"And we were playing cup rugby, weren't we? Taking points. We spoke about it, potentially going three, six, nine. Knockout rugby. It's not been our philosophy all season but it