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Munster on a roll - Keatley

03rd December 2013 06:13


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Confidence: Ian Keatley

Munster fly-half Ian Keatley believes the Irish province's recent form will stand them in good stead against Perpignan.

Keatley has helped Munster to five consecutive wins in all competitions since their shock loss in the opening round of the Heineken Cup to Edinburgh.

Since then Rob Penney's squad have seen off Gloucester, Glasgow, the Ospreys, Blues and Dragons to leave Keatley feeling confident ahead of hosting Perpignan at Thomond Park.

"Everyone knows in the Heineken Cup that you have to win your home matches so that is our focus for the first week and then we will take the away match from there, but we are just zoning on Perpignan now,' Keatley told the Daily Mail.

"The back-to-back matches are always huge in the Heineken Cup. We are on a roll. We beat Leinster and then we played Edinburgh and we lost over there, so we are not going to take things lightly this time.

"We know the Heineken Cup is the be-all and end-all for us really and we are going to make sure we are focused and ready for Perpignan."

Looking back on that surprising Round 1 loss, Keatley put the upset down to Munster switching off after taking the lead.

The 26-year-old added that if Munster found themselves ahead this weekend that they would take nothing for granted.

"We are always trying to raise our standards every week, week in and week out, and after the Edinburgh game it was a major shock to the system," added Keatley.

"I think we were favourites but we knew Edinburgh would come at us hard.

"I think when we did take the lead, we were starting to cruise again and then we lost it towards the end, but it will be used as a little reminder for us not to take things for granted.

"We are doing well in the Rabo but the Heineken Cup is a different kettle of fish."

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