Cross Keys 56-19 Tonmawr
• by Anthony Woolford, Western Mail
AFTER three successive Principality Premiership defeats, Cross Keys bounced back with a seven-try demolition job on strugglers Tonmawr at Pandy Park
In a breathless start, Keys stormed into a 13-0 lead playing sevens-style rugby with two penalties by Sam Mills and a try by Rhys Peebles converted by Mills.
Tonmawr hit back to take the lead with an interception try by Gareth John after 16 minutes and he got a second five minutes later after a lovely inside pass from Luke Richards who also converted both tries.
Peebles drove over from close range for his second try for Keys again converted by Mills, but Tonmawr replied with a lovely try from scrum-half Adrian Williams who started and finished the move but after that, they were rarely in the game
Mills kicked a penalty and then converted a close range try by Rhys Dyer to give Keys a deserved 30-19 lead at half-time.
Keys controlled the game in the second half and Peebles completed a well-deserved hat-trick with an excellent 52nd-minute try converted by Mills.
Tonmawr were beset by injuries and John had to be stretchered off with a knee injury and they were never able to get back into the match thereafter as Keys tightened up their defence.
To add to their woes, a dropped pass then Keys allowed Nathan Trowbridge to race away for a try from halfway converted by Mills
A 78th-minute try by Kristian Baller was ruled out for a previous infringement, but it didn’t matter.
Just two minutes later, Mills linked with Tom Lampard and he sent Baller racing over Keys’ sixth try which Mills again converted.
Replacements Ryan Lee and Owen Jones combined in injury time to put Nathan Williams over, but Mills missed the conversion, the only kick he missed all afternoon as Keys ended with a half-century