Cross Keys secured a bonus point victory over Llandovery on Saturday
afternoon with relative ease. The Keys first half performance paved the
way to this win with 3 tries coming before the interval.
Keys were on the front foot from the start as the Drovers struggled to secure any meaningful possession with Keys playing all the rugby in the opening exchanges. The Keys opening try came in the 10th minute when Tom Lampard crossed on the touchline in the scoreboard corner after an excellent build up with Rhys Jones and Aled James playing vital parts with a superb break from Jones and an excellent piece of handling and pass from James. Rhys Jones, who took the kicking duties ahead of his younger brother Dorian kicking the most awkward of conversions for a left footer.
Keys were on the march again from the restart and Rhys Jones added a penalty in the 15th minute and Keys built up an early lead. Once again from the kick off Keys came straight back at the Drovers and in the 17th minute Danny Hodge crossed in the same corner as his second row colleague Lampard had earlier done . This was Danny's 4th try in 5 games so far this season and the second row is really letting his rugby do the talking as he produced another top notch performance.
Llandovery scored next with a penalty from outside half Ian Brooks after 26 minutes. Back came Keys after the needlessly conceded penalty and Scott Matthews crossed for a second try in as many games following a driving lineout which the Drovers could not stop. Rhys Jones again kicking another awkward conversion.
Half Time Score Cross Keys 24 Llandovery 3
Llandovery started the second half much better than they had started the first although Keys cause was not helped by the half time replacements of inspirational hooker Gerwyn Price and centre Aled James, who was enjoyed a fine game. Price departing with a dead leg and James with a hamstring problem. It was just as well Keys had built up such a comfortable lead because not only were the Drovers were first to score in the second half thanks to Brooks' second penalty of the day in the 4th minute of the half but Keys also lost captain Leon Andrews to an ankle injury in the 47th minute.
Llandovery were enjoying more possession and territory in the opening 20 minutes of the second half than they had done for the whole of the first half with Keys missing some key tackles. Keys did have some opportunities to secure the bonus point early on in the half but these came to nothing.
A poor second half was only really brought to life in the final 10 minutes or so with Llandovery crossing for their only try of the game through full back Matthew Jacobs with 5 minutes remaining, replacement James Garland kicking the extras. With time running out it looked as though Keys would be left frustrated in their bid for the 4th try that would secure the bonus point, something that looked almost a guarantee at half time.
However Keys sprung in to life after the Drovers' try and in the final few moments Nathan Trowbridge crossed for the vital bonus point try after a move that saw the ball worked from one side of the pitch to the other with a number of players involved in the build up. Rhys Jones failed to add the extras but he had played a key role particularly in the first half in securing the excellent victory.
Cross Keys Scorers:-
Tries: Tom Lampard, Danny Hodge, Scott Matthews and Nathan Trowbridge
Conversions: Rhys Jones (x3)
Penalty: Rhys Jones
Try: Matthew Jacobs
Conversion: James Garland
Penalties: Ian Brooks (x2)