Foley hails match-winner Keatley

Date published: October 19 2014

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Munster head coach Anthony Foley was understandably elated with the performance of fly-half Ian Keatley after their win over Sale.

Munster head coach Anthony Foley was understandably elated with the performance of fly-half Ian Keatley after their win over Sale.

Keatley’s drop-goal gave Munster a 27-26 win at the AJ Bell Stadium, the latest in the Irish province’s proud history of picking up remarkable wins in Europe.

“He showed great composure. I thought he struck it sweetly,” said Foley.

“Kicking conversions is so important, it’s the difference between winning and losing, and that was very true today.

“He was very good defensively, too. He’s growing into the 10 shirt, which is a big shirt to wear, and it’s great to see him pull out a performance like that away from home.”

Munster at one point trailed by 16 after an appalling first-half, before putting in the graft after half-time to chip away at the scoreline.

Foley was pleased with the patience and composure shown by a group who have seen it all before on the continent.

“There is a bit of relief but I think the hard work in the second half paid dividends. They stayed patient and kept going forward with the ball,” added Foley.

“It’s unique to this group. We’ve done a few Houdini acts in recent years – last year we got a last-minute try against Perpignan over there – and it’s credit to the team that they stay patient.

“They believed to the end and that’s the great thing about the character that’s been developed here.”

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