Knights’ Irish star hopes to lower Scots’ colours

Try: Ireland Under-20 international Michael Keating scores against Moseley.              Picture: steve taylor
Try: Ireland Under-20 international Michael Keating scores against Moseley. Picture: steve taylor

HAVING won ten Ireland Under-20 caps, Doncaster Knights’ winger Michael Keating naturally harbours ambitions of one day of wearing the famous green jersey at senior level.

That’s one of the reasons he joined the Championship club during the summer from crack Dublin-based side Leinster - the current Heineken Cup holders.

“I’m from Leinster so it would be my ideal to play for them,” said the 22 year-old.

“But I wasn’t getting a game and I was getting fed up of sitting on the bench so I got my agent on the case and he sent a video to a number of clubs.

“Brett Davey (Knights’ director of rugby) rung me up and told me all about the club and its ambitions and really sold it to me. The team play good rugby, which I was looking for, and everything is geared up to score tries.”

Keating scored a first-half hat-trick on his Knights’ debut in a pre-season game against Hull but had to wait until his third game against Moseley last weekend to score his first Championship try.

It was Knights’ first win after defeats against Bristol and Cornish Pirates.

“The Moseley match was a complete turnaround to the Pirates’ game in that we played well in the first half and not so well in the second,” he said.

“Hopefully we can play well in both halves in tomorrow’s home game against London Scottish.”

Keating was brought in as a replacement for flyer Matty Williams, now plying his trade with Bristol.

“I’m not in Matty’s class when it comes to speed,” he said. “I’ve probably neglected that side of my game in the last year trying to bulk myself up.

“But having got up to 15 stones I’m now working on my speed with fellow winger Dougie Flockhart.”