Cross Keys claimed a comfortable bonus point win over Ealing
Trailfinders at Pandy Park, which meant that The Keys hopes of
qualification as one of the best runners up stay alive going in to the
final group match at Moseley next Saturday.
Ealing started the game well and it was no surprise when they took an early lead thanks to a penalty in the 4th minute by their number 10 Andy Hall. Keys responded well and started to build some momentum and the scores were tied in the 7th minute when Dorian Jones slotted over a straight forward penalty with Keys on the front foot.
The opening try came in the 11th minute when an excellent break by Keys scrum half Jonathan Evans after a lineout. Evans sliding over in the corner following a solo run that started just outside the 22. Dorian Jones failed with the awkward conversion from the touchline but Keys were really beginning to dominate.
Dorian Jones slotted over a long range penalty after 15 minutes but the visitors got a try against the run of play shortly after when their centre Tom Bedford crossed for a try when Keys poor defence allowed him to cross for a simple score under the posts. Andy Hall's conversion meant that they crawled back to within a point of Keys.
Keys got their second try in the 28th minute when a huge up 'n' under, around 10 metres from the visitors tryline from Dorian Jones caused panic in the Trailfinders defence behind the line and when the ball was knocked on from the attempted catch, Trailfinders' wing Owen Bruynseels stopped a certain try when he cleared up the loose ball from an offside position. Bruynseels was subsequently sent to the sin bin and the referee went under the posts to award Keys the penalty try for a professional foul. Dorian Jones converted and Keys kept the same lead until half time.
Half time Score Cross Keys 18 Ealing Trailfinders 10
Keys started the second half well and soon had a one man advantage once more when visiting full back Andrew Henderson was sent to the sin bin for a supposed dangerous tackle on Keys winger Nathan Williams. This seemed a pretty harsh call from the referee and even Keys fans were voicing their anger at the decision.
With the visitors still down to 14 Keys got their third try when they were rewarded with a second penalty try after a number of scrums on the tryline were disrupted illegally by Ealing, leaving the English referee Matthew O'Grady with little choice but to award the penalty try which Dorian Jones again converted.
Keys secured the bonus point when Ryan Lee marked his return to Keys colours with a fine try when he crossed unopposed with 15 minutes to go following some excellent hands and some superb passing across the back line meant Lee had to basically fall over the line with no-one in front of him. Dorian Jones just failing to add the extras.
The game then continued to pass without any major incident and Keys claimed another excellent B & I Cup victory going in to next weekend which could prove to be decisive. The Keys back row of Adam Powell, Scott Matthews and Phil Sargent on his debut were superb throughout, whilst the half back pairing of Jonathan Evans and Dorian Jones controlled things brilliantly.
Cross Keys Scorers:-
Tries: Jonathan Evans, Ryan Lee & Penalty Try (x2)
Conversions: Dorian Jones (x2)
Penalties: Dorian Jones (x2)
Ealing Trailfinders Scorers:-
Try: Tom Bedford
Conversion: Andy Hall
Penalty: Andy hall
Keys man of the match: Adam Powell