Cross Keys will be looking to bounce back from last weeks hugely disappointing defeat and performance at home to champions Pontypridd by getting their first win of the new season when they host Bridgend this coming Saturday.
This match was originally scheduled to take place at The Brewery Field but has been switched to Pandy Park due to a football fixture at The Brewery Field.
The Ravens last week got off to a winning start at home to Llanelli, taking the honours by 25 points to 23 in an exciting all action encounter. The Ravens' points coming through tries by Ross Jones (2) and Marc Thomas. New outside half Ben Thomas adding 10 points with his boot (2 conversions and 2 penalties). Llanelli's points were scored by Aled Davies and Nick Reynolds with tries and Owen Williams who kicked 3 penalties and added the conversions to both tries.
Bridgend are now coached by former back row man, Ben Rose who took over from Steve Tandy who is now head coach at the Ospreys of course. Rose is assisted by Dan Griffiths, the prolific former Newport fly half who coaches the backs and forwards coach Paul Young, the former Wales cap. The conditioning coach is Jason Larkman, once a Keys player and Director of Rugby is Gareth Nicholas, whose experience is no doubt invaluable to the relatively young coaching team. The Ravens recruited well over the summer bringing in such players as Porthcawl product Ben Thomas, former Newport second row Alex Jones and Ashleigh James, the former Neath and Cross Keys hooker.
As for Keys they need to improve dramatically on last weeks performance. Discipline needs a 100% improvement along with decision making and ball retention. Keys are still set to be without Kristian Baller, Marcus Johnstone, Phil Williams, Tom Lampard and Marc Jones whilst Anthony 'Vinnie' Lott will join them on the sidelines after injuring an ankle in the first half of last weeks defeat.
Cross Keys v Bridgend Ravens - Principality Premiership
Venue: Pandy Park, Cross Keys
Date: 8th September 2012
Kick Off: 2.30pm
Referee: Simon Rees, Touch Judges: Nigel Jones & Brian Powell