Bridgend v Cross Keys Principality Premiership

By David Glastonbury | 18/04/2013

Cross Keys head to the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field to take on Bridgend in the penultimate game of this season's Principality Premiership, which promised so much but over the last 2 months or so has ultimately resulted in a rather disappointing finish for the Black and Whites.

Saturday's game is Keys final game of the season away from Pandy Park. Keys have spent the best part of 3 months away from home and signs of home sickness have perhaps shown in the form books as they have won only 2 of the 7 successive games on the road since February 8th. Keys will certainly be looking to end the season on a high starting with victory over the Ravens on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the season, in fact just the 2nd week in to the season Keys hosted the Ravens in the sunshine at Pandy Park and ran out comfortable winners by 35 points to 15 taking a bonus point in the process. For Keys skipper Rob Nash, centre Luke Ford, wing Nathan Trowbridge and back row man Jamie Sollis crossed for tries. Incidentally Jamie is making brilliant progress in his continued recovery from the injuries he suffered in the serious car crash he was involved in around Christmas time. Jamie is now on crutches seemingly ahead of schedule and will no doubt be cheering on his team mates in the final two games. Dean Gunter kicked 3 conversions and 3 penalties in this victory over the Ravens. For the Ravens full back Ross Jones kicked 5 penalties for his side.

So Keys are looking to end what has at times been a frustrating yet exciting season on a high note in the final two games although there is still an outside chance that Keys can qualify for the end of season play offs but they are heavily dependent on other teams results.

The team for Saturday is as follows and includes Monmouth School product Henry Palmer on the bench for Keys who covers Gerwyn Price who starts at hooker. Keys once again have a number of injury problems with the likes of Leon Andrews, Nathan Williams, Richard Cornock and Rhys Miller amongst those injured.

15. Gareth David
14. Elliot Jones
13. Luke Ford
12. Phil Williams
11. Nathan Trowbridge
10. Dorian Jones
9. Rhys Dyer

1. Anthony Lott
2. Gerwyn Price
3. Craig Gould
4. Danny Hodge
5. Tom Lampard
6. Rhys Peebles
7. Scott Matthews
8. Rob Nash (c)

Replacements: Henry Palmer, James Johnstone, Sean Higgins, Adam Powell, Ryan James, Angus O'Brien, Kristian Baller.

Bridgend v Cross Keys Principality Premiership
Venue: The Brewery Field, Bridgend
Date: Saturday 20th April 2013
Kick Off: 2.30pm
Referee: T.B.C. Touch Judges: Julian Smith & Simon Harris

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