Bargoed v Cross Keys Team News & Preview

Cross Keys make the short trip to Bargoed this Saturday for the latest Principality Premiership clash, with Keys looking to get a first win on the road of the season so far whilst the Bulls will be looking to get their first win of the season following 3 successive defeats.

With the promise of relegation coming in to the Principality Premiership this season the Bulls recruited heavily over the summer with a whole host of new faces deciding to join up with the Bulls and to help steer them safely away from the bottom 4/5. That recruitment included the signings of several Keys players who found the temptation to join the Bulls too good to turn down, Ashley Gibson, James Leadbeater, Barney Nightingale, Adam Powell and Josh Prosser all linking up with Bargoed over the summer.  Despite a heavy recruitment the Bulls are yet to gain their first win of the campaign having lost their 3 Principality Premiership games played so far. Those defeats have come in home games versus Llandovery (62-22) and Carmarthen Quins (19-14) whilst they also lost their only away game at Newport a fortnight ago going to a 44 points to a 30 defeat.

Last season the 2 sides met on no fewer than 3 occasions. The 2 side’s met twice in the geographic phase in the first half of last season with the honour’s going the way of the away side on each occasion. Bargoed won the first clash last season at Pandy Park last September winning by 34 points to 23 before Keys got revenge for that defeat winning the return at Bargoed by 25 points to 9 back in November. In the third clash last season, which was played in the ‘regular’ phase, Keys edged out the Bulls by 9 points to 0 after a low quality clash at Pandy Park.

Keys make just one change to the starting line-up that defeated Neath last Saturday. That change sees Lee Evans, who was a late withdrawal last weekend come back in to Keys’ back row to replace Izaak Duffy who is injured. The back row is reshuffled to accommodate Evans’ inclusion with Evans starting at 6, Joe Thomas moves to number 8 with Tom Lampard starting at openside. On the bench Keys welcome Dragons scrum half Dan Babos who will make his Keys debut should he come on.

The Cross Keys side in full is:-

15. Leon Andrews
14. Wes Cunliffe
13. Srdan Majkic
12. Declan Williams
11. Mason Williams

10. Jason Tovey
9. Owain Leonard

1. Gary Carpenter
2. Rhydian Jenkins
3. Richard Cornock
4. Damian Welch (c)
5. Harvey Reader
6. Lee Evans
7. Tom Lampard
8. Joe Thomas

Replacements: 16. Connah Vaughan, 17. Scott Hoskins, 18. Corey Hewlett, 19. Todd James, 20. Joe Carlin, 21. Ben Snell, 22. Dan Babos, 23. Ian Newbury.

Bargoed v Cross Keys Principality Premiership
Saturday 22nd September 2018
Venue: Bargoed  Park
Kick Off: 2.30pm

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