Saturday 16 December 2017

Keatley keen to end season on high

Ian Keatley, Munster. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ian Keatley, Munster. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Daragh Small

Munster's star out-half Ian Keatley says anything is possible as the most intriguing Pro12 campaign to date draws to a halt in the coming weeks.

Munster are away to Leinster this weekend, as they sit fourth in the Pro12 standings. A win at the Aviva Stadium would put Munster right back into contention for a potential home play-off position, with games to come against leaders Connacht, and two home fixtures against Edinburgh and Scarlets.

Munster struggled around the Christmas period and after they were knocked out of the Champions Cup they stuttered in the Pro12, minus their Six Nations contingent.

However, last weekend's 47-0, seven-try hammering of Zebre was a timely boost ahead of their crunch derby day against rivals Leinster.

And with Ulster and Connacht clashing, and Scarlets and Cardiff also facing off, there is a big chance that other teams will lose ground.

Keatley believes it's vital his side continue to rack up the big scores but they need to get the wins if they are to build on the momentum created from last weekend's victory at Thomond Park.

"It's coming down to the nitty gritty, and the defining part of the season. There's only four games left in the season and there's still a lot up for grabs," Keatley said.

"While we have to concentrate on our own game, make sure we get the win, there will be other teams taking points off each other. It's going to be an interesting climax to the rest of the season.

"Hopefully we can get on a run now, and stay in the top four. And then who knows what will happen from there."

Irish Independent

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