Heineken Cup: Munster fly-half Ian Keatley ready for back-to-back fixtures with Perpignan
Last Updated: 11/12/13 6:00pm
Ian Keatley: Says Munster's domestic form will count for nothing against Perpignan
Ian Keatley has warned Munster against any complacency heading into Sunday's Heineken Cup clash at home to Perpignan.
The Irish province are four points clear at the top of the RaboDirect Pro12 table, having won eight of their nine matches.
However, league form went out the window in the opening round of Heineken Cup fixtures when Munster lost at Edinburgh, who were bottom of the Pro12 at the time.
"We are always trying to raise our standards every week and after the Edinburgh game it was a major shock to the system," said fly-half Keatley.
"I think we were favourites but we knew Edinburgh would come at us hard. and I think when we did take the lead and we were starting to cruise again, then we lost it towards the end.
"But it will be used as a little reminder not to take things for granted. Yes, we are doing well in the Rabo but the Heineken Cup is a different kettle of fish."
Back-rowers Peter O'Mahony and James Coughlan have been passed fit for Sunday's game at Thomond Park, but hooker Mike Sherry has been ruled out after a scan revealed he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage during Munster's win at Dragons last weekend.
One point separates Perpignan and Munster at the top of Pool 6 and Keatley acknowledges the back-to-back fixtures between the teams could determine who progresses to the knockout stages.
"The back-to-back matches are always huge in the Heineken Cup," said Keatley.
"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 ready for Perpignan."
Watch Munster v Perpignan live on Sky Sports 2 from 12.30pm on Sunday