Cross Keys produced a dominant forward display to see off Bedwas in the Swalec Cup on Saturday. It was like watching a totally different team this time around compared to 3 weeks ago when the two sides met in the league and Bedwas' pack took the game to Keys, who had no answers.
Bedwas would have no doubt been confident of continuing from that game, perhaps a little over confident and Keys' own pack thrived on it and put the demons of that game 3 weeks ago to bed. Keys were ahead inside the opening 5 minutes when skipper Adam Powell touched down following a pushover scrum which made Keys' intentions clear for all to see. Dorian Jones kicked the conversion to give Keys the early lead.
Bedwas fly half Richard Powell bought his side back in to it in the 13th minute with a penalty, but that was as good as got for the hosts as Keys upped the ante and grabbed a second try from a huge push and Rhys Dyer this time touched down to give Keys a 12 points to 3 as Dorian Jones narrowly failed with the extras. Dorian did add a sublime penalty after 20 minutes of play to extend Keys lead.
The third Keys try came after 25 minutes and was made by Dorian Jones whose delicate chip pass was gathered by his older brother Rhys who finished well as Keys built a commanding lead. Dorian Jones could not add the tricky conversion but Keys were flying at this point. The fourth try came just before half time when the Keys backs had their say and a wonderful move saw the ball worked out to James Cordy-Redden who capped a fine move with a great try. The conversion was missed but Keys never really looked in any danger.
Half time score Bedwas 3 Cross Keys 25
The second half did not really continue in the same manner and Dorian Jones kicked two penalties to keep the scoreboard ticking over with Keys pretty much guaranteeing their place in the quarter finals.
Bedwas made wholesale changes in the second half to see if it would produce a change of fortune but it didn't and Keys remained on top. Ollie Hodge was sent to the sin-bin with a little over 15 minutes remaining for an offence at a ruck but Bedwas could not make their one man advantage and Keys more than held their own to keep the hosts at bay.
In the end Keys were far too good for Bedwas who could not produce any sort of momentum to cause Keys any real problems. Keys fully deserve the place in the quarter finals and although there is a long way to go one or two supporters may well be dreaming of a return to the Millennium Stadium in May.
Penalty: Richard Powell
Cross Keys Scorers:-
Tries: Adam Powell, Rhys Dyer, Rhys Jones & James Cordy-Redden
Conversion: Dorian Jones
Penalties: Dorian Jones (x3)