Wednesday 26 October 2016

Wins are all that matters - Keatley

Declan Rooney

Published 23/10/2015 | 02:30

Ian Keatley
Ian Keatley

A try, five conversions and a man of the match award left Ian Keatley satisfied with his evening's work against Cardiff last time out, but the Ireland international has moved on quickly and is targeting a fifth win of the season tonight in Wales.

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And the Munster playmaker had been on the money for the previous two games too, as his last-gasp kicks at the Liberty Stadium and in Thomond Park against Glasgow rescued wins at the death - which have helped them on the way to a perfect four.

Munster needed a late Felix Jones try and JJ Hanrahan conversion to salvage a draw on their last trip to Parc Y Scarlets and Keatley is expecting much of the same from the Welsh side tonight.

"Yeah, Scarlets are very good at home," he said. "I saw them against Leinster and they are a different team at home for some reason. We played them over there last season and got the draw - I think they were undefeated at home last year.

"We did very well last year but we need to bring our good game again this time and hopefully get a scalp, but they will be favourites again over there."

Some of Munster's four wins were not too convincing, but Keatley is looking for points rather than compliments on their style.

"It has been kind of the story of our season so far, we've been playing in fits and starts all season but whenever we've gone behind we have flicked a switch and picked up the intensity and the tempo and gotten ahead," he said.

"We have won our first four games kind of ugly, but I think it's better to win ugly than to lose being very creative."

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