2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Bedwas 57 v 34 Cross Keys
21 April 2018 - Bridge Field, Bedwas
Cross Keys

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Bedwas v Cross Keys Preview and Team News

Cross Keys make the short journey to Bedwas this Saturday in the latest Principality Premiership fixture.

Since the amalgamation of East and West Bedwas have a 50/50 record with 5 wins and 5 defeats from their 10 games played so far, although 3 of those defeats have come in their last 4 games. Their wins have come from games against Neath, Bridgend, Swansea, Llandovery and Cardiff, whilst they have been defeated by Pontypridd, Merthyr, Carmathen Quins, Aberavon and last weekend by RGC1404, by 27 points to 21.

Earlier this season in the East conference the honours went the way of the home side on each occasion when the two sides met. Back in September Keys became the first side to defeat the men from the Bridge Field this season, when they won an entertaining clash at Pandy Park by 25 points to 22. Keys crossed for 3 tries with Joe Goodchild, Rob Jones and Mathew Powell crossing in the second half, adding to a penalty in each half by Josh Prosser, who also added 2 conversions in the second half. For Bedwas tries came from Dale Rogers, Mike Callow and Lewis Evans whilst former Keys favourite Steffan Jones added 2 conversions and a penalty for his side. Bedwas gained revenge for that defeat in the reverse fixture when they won by 32 points to 24 at the Bridge Field back in November. Andrew Waite crossed for 2 tries for the home side, who also saw Adam Williams cross the white wash. Steffan Jones punished his former side with 5 penalties and a conversion to help Bedwas home. Keys’ tries came from Josh Skinner, Leon Andrews and Scott Matthews with Josh Prosser kicking all 3 conversions as well as a penalty goal.

The Keys have announced their team which will look to continue a good recent run following bonus point wins over Cardiff and Llandovery in the past week. The side shows just 2 changes to the side that defeated the Drovers on Tuesday evening. Both changes are in the pack where Corey Hewlett returns to replace Gary Carpenter at loose head prop and Skipper Scott Matthews returns to the starting line-up, as he swaps places with Garin Price who moves to the bench, having started at open-side flanker against the Drovers. There will also be another milestone for a Keys stalwart after Leon Andrews made his 250th appearance for the club against Llandovery. This weekend Tom Lampard will play his 350th game for Keys as he starts in the second row. This is yet another amazing achievement for Lampy who shows no signs of slowing down as he could easily go on for years to come.

The Cross Keys side in full is:-

15. Corey Shephard
14. Mathew Powell
13. Leon Andrews
12. Barney Nightingale
11. Lloyd Lewis

10. Josh Prosser
9. James Leadbeater

1. Corey Hewlett
2. Darren Hughes
3. Scott Evans
4. Tom Lampard
5. Scott Andrews
6. Josh Skinner
7. Scott Matthews (c)
8. Ieuan Jones

Replacements: 16. Zac Hewlett, 17. Lewis Smout, 18. Richard Cornock, 19. Garin Price, 20. Joe Thomas, 21. Ben Snell, 22. Ross Pritchard, 23. Lewis Barnett.

Bedwas v Cross Keys Principality Premiership
Saturday 21st April 2018
Venue: The Bridge Field, Bedwas
Kick Off: 2.30pm