Tuesday 21 February 2017

Keatley: win is all that matters

John Fallon

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

Ian Keatley. Photo: Sportsfile
Ian Keatley. Photo: Sportsfile

It's been four seasons since either Munster or Glasgow Warriors did the double over each other in the regular league season, but Anthony Foley's men get the chance to do that this evening (7.35).

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And in the process Munster will get an opportunity to exact some revenge for the loss to the Scottish side in the Guinness Pro12 final at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast last May.

This evening's clash is in the unlikely setting, but appropriately named Rugby Park, which is home to Kilmarnock FC.

The ground was given its name back in the 1870s when it hosted a variety of sports including cricket and rugby, with a running track around the field.

The venue, which on Tuesday evening hosted a Scottish League Cup clash which Glasgow Rangers won with a late goal against Kilmarnock, has had a colourful past and was used as an ammunitions dump during the Second World War.

This evening's game has been switched there as Scotstoun is flooded and the stadium will become the 39th venue to host a Pro12 game, although Warriors have played in the Champions Cup there.

Munster, who defeated Warriors 23-21 earlier this season, last did the double over the Glaswegians in 2011-12 when they won 43-29 in Scotland and 22-20 at home.

This will be the 27th league meeting between them, with Munster winning 16, losing nine and there has been one draw.

Out-half Ian Keatley said the primary objective now was to get back to winning ways after letting a seven points lead slip against Ospreys on Sunday when they went down 21-17.

"The main thing this weekend is we need a win, anyway possible. If we get off to a bad start and win in the end or if we get off to a great start and start to lose it but still get the win then it's a case of a win is a win.

"We know what position we are in the table and we know to work hard together and stick as a team and get out of this."

He said they have worked hard all week to rectify Sunday's disappointing result. "Looking back on the positives, we scored three tries, and we need to build on that."

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