Cross Keys begin life after Wales legend, Mark Ring as their backs coach with a tough clash against premiership pace-setters Llandovery.
The Drovers are flying high in first place in the table and are unbeaten after 8 games, with 6 impressive victories and 2 draws. The 6 wins have been over Cardiff (48-22), Neath (37-17), Bridgend (37-12), Swansea (25-20), Newport (38-19) and Llanelli (32-22). Their two most recent games have resulted in draws with a 32 all thriller at Aberavon and in awful conditions a 6 all draw at home to fellow high flyers Bedwas with outside half Rhys Jones, elder brother of Keys' Dorian kicking 2 penalties.
Since Keys defeat in the game at Carmarthen Quins almost 2 weeks ago plenty has changed. Firstly prop Marc Jones announced that the game at Carmarthen was his last for the club and he was joining Neath. Marc was finding it increasingly difficult to travel from his home in Cimla so a move closer to home is unstandable. Then last Friday came the shock news that backs coach Mark Ring was also leaving to join up with Cardiff RFC as their new backs coach. Ringo has played his part in turning around Keys fortunes over recent seasons but felt it was time to move on. Head coach Greg Woods has stated that a replacement will not be appointed straight away and the role will be left in the more than capable hands of Director of Rugby Jonathan Westwood, attack/skills coach Matthew J Watkins and fitness coach Alun Harries alongside Woods and team manager Mark Prangell.
Going back to Saturday's forthcoming game versus leaders Llandovery it will be tough for out of form Keys but playing to top form Keys are capable of beating anyone, as last season proved. Keys need to kick start their season starting with victory over the Drovers on Saturday.
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Cross Keys v Llandovery Principality Premiership
Venue: Pandy Park, Cross Keys
Date: 17th November 2012
Kick Off: 2.30pm
Referee: Jon Mason Touch Judges: Tim Davies & Mike Cox