Cross Keys
2011/2012 Principality Premiership
Cross Keys 51 v 14 Newport
13 March 2012 - Pandy Park, Cross Keys

Match Report

Magnificent seven

Keys wowed the crowed last night  with their Gwent Grand Slam victory over Newport RFC, the players are on fire at the moment and loving every minute, and so are the supporters , Coaches and Management, this has to be the best season by far, and the score last night must surely make the record books

It was a truly spectacular night of rugby with Keys scoring a mighty magnificent seven tries, this puts us 2nd in the league, we travel to Neath on Friday night where a win will put us top.  Come on the mighty keys.


Full Match report by the South Wales Argus

CROSS Keys secured a Gwent Grand Slam and maintained their push for the Premiership title after a second half blitz secured a bonus point win against Newport at Pandy Park tonight.
The Black and Ambers headed into the game in fine form after wins against play-off chasing Neath and Pontypridd.
But they were unable to secure a hat-trick, going down to Keys in an entertaining encounter that for large periods was closer than the scoreline would suggest.
Nonetheless the home side were good value for a win that means that they have done a clean sweep against clubs from the Dragons region following their Boxing Day win at Rodney Parade and double successes against Pontypool and Bedwas.
The five points also lifts them to second in the table.
Both sides had a makeshift look to them – the hosts missing some key backs and forced to field fly-half Sam Mills in midfield while the visitors were struggling up front with loosehead prop Dai Pattison at tighthead and blindside flanker Carl Townsend at openside.
Keys were close to opening the scoring in the first minute but centre Luke Williams was unable to win the race to his own grubber kick through.
And it was the visitors who drew first blood when, after a powerful incision by centre Scott Williams, fly-half Ryan James spread the ball out wide for flanker Sam Waldron to cross.
Scrum-half James Leadbeater, like James a former Keys player, added the extras from out wide.
Back came the hosts through their strong front eight and a sustained period of set piece pressure was rewarded in the 17th minute.
Skipper Rob Nash peeled off the back of a drive to barge over with fly-half Dean Gunter expertly levelling the scores from the right touchline.
After striking back thanks to some good honest grunt Keys took the lead when a lovely attacking move featuring offloads galore earned a Gunter penalty.
Keys were bossing territory and possession but the Black and Ambers clung on in there despite a yellow card for centre Luke Plummer on 24 minutes for a deliberate knock-on.
At times Sven Cronk’s side were at breaking point yet they displayed the spirit in defence that had helped win five of their last six league games.
But the pressure eventually paid off when, despite some dodgy passing, wing Kristian Baller raced over down the right.
Gunter added another super conversion but Newport stormed back just as the Pandy Park outfit were contemplating a comfortable victory.
A gallop down the wing by hooker Andrew Brown was followed by Williams picking on the defensive frailty of Mills to cross.
Leadbeater converted and the Black and Ambers could have been level at the break only for the scrum-half to pull as 40-metre penalty wide left.
The frantic nature of the game continued in the second half with both sides enjoying bouts of pressure but also making errors aplenty.
The next score was going to be a crucial one and it was the hosts who got it, once again through that man Baller.
The winger injected pace into a pedestrian attack in the 22 to race over on 53 minutes with Gunter making it 24-13.
And the bonus point was in the bag before the hour when lock Dan Hodge, who produced some nice offloads throughout, was at the bottom of a rumble over the line.
It got worse for Newport both on the injury front and on the scoreboard.
With plenty of square pegs in round holes Keys kept racking up the points with Gunter hitting the line at speed for a fifth try and then setting up Hodge, who won the world’s slowest race to a cross-kick against prop Dai Pattison.
A late interception try by Tom Lampard only served to rub salt into Newport’s wound.
Cross Keys: G David, K Baller (A Hewitt 63), N Williams, S Mills, M Johnstone, D Gunter, R Dyer, R Cornock, G Price (J Sollis 28), M Jones (I George 69), L Rawlins (T Lampard 35), D Hodge, M Popham (R Peebles 63), R Nash (captain, C Trayhern 60), R Williams.
Scorers: tries – R Nash, K Baller (2), D Hodge (2), D Gunter, T Lampard; conversions – D Gunter (5); penalties – D Gunter (2)
Newport: J Smith, A Awcock, L Plummer (O Broad 57, J Davies 65), S Williams, E Frewen, R James (G Bowen 65), J Leadbeater, A Coundley (M Cox 75), A Brown (captain, R Buckley 63), D Pattison, A Frampton, A Jones (L Randall 74), C Townsend (D Rogers 53), S Waldron, H Stoddart.
Scorers: tries – S Waldron, S Williams; conversions – J Leadbeater
Referee: Simon Rees (WRU)
Argus star man: Dan Hodge

Official : Simon Rees (Wales)

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