2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Newport 24 v 32 Cross Keys
20 December 2017 - Rodney Parade, Newport
Cross Keys

Match Preview

Newport v Cross Keys Preview & Team News

Cross Keys head to Rodney Parade for the now annual Festive fixture against Newport. This is the last fixture for both sides in the Principality Premiership East conference before the East and West conferences combine after Christmas to form the ‘regular’ Principality Premiership competition for the remainder of the campaign. Regardless of the result at Rodney Parade this evening, The Keys are locked in a final position of 6th of 8 teams in the east conference meaning they will carry 3 points over to the start of the combined Principality Premiership after Christmas. The team that finishes top of each conference, this side of Christmas will carry 8 points over to the combined division whilst the team finishing in 8th place (bottom) in the geographical conferences will carry just 1 point over after Christmas.

When the two sides met at Pandy Park earlier in the campaign in October, it was the visitors who claimed the local bragging rights with a comfortable 21 points to 12 over Keys at a ground where Keys had previously dominated in recent years. Points for Keys came from tries by former Newport pair Josh Skinner and Barney Nightingale together with a conversion by Josh Prosser. The Newport scores came from a try by Haydn Palmer and a converted penalty try as well as 3 penalties by Haydn Simons.

Despite the fact that Keys cannot move or be moved from 6th place in the East conference, they will no doubt be up for this game at Rodney Parade and will want to give their supporters an early Christmas present with a victory over the black and ambers.

The Cross Keys team for this evening’s game has been announced and is as follows:-

15. Leon Andrews
14. Mathew Powell
13. Lewis Barnett
12. Phil Williams
11. Joe Goodchild

10. Josh Prosser
9. Owain Leonard

1. Lewis Smout
2. Will Griffiths
3. Richard Cornock
4. Tom Lampard
5. Josh Skinner
6. Taine Basham
7. Scott Matthews (c)
8. Adam Powell

Replacements: 16. Gary Carpenter, 17. Luke Garrett, 18. Scott Evans, 19. Rob Evans, 20. Liam Davies, 21. Ben Snell, 22. Ross Pritchard, 23. Barney Nightingale.

Newport v Cross Keys Principality Premiership East
Wednesday 20th December 2017
Venue: Rodney Parade
Kick Off: 7.15pm