Cross Keys v Carmarthen Quins Preview & Team News
By David Glastonbury | 09/03/2018
Cross Keys welcome Carmarthen Quins to Pandy Park this Saturday for the latest Principality Premiership clash, as they look to put the frustration of 2 consecutive postponed games against Llandovery, one in the Principality Premiership followed by last week’s postponed WRU National Cup quarter final against the Drovers behind them.
The Quins are currently on an unbeaten league run since the full Principality Premiership took effect at the end of December, having won 4 and drawn 1 of their 5 games played in the full Premiership campaign so far. Their victories have come in home games over Swansea (24-23), Aberavon (21-15) and Bargoed, who they beat by 34 points to 10 in their last outing a fortnight ago. Their other victory came on the road as they defeated Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets by 30 points to 14. The other game in their unbeaten league run was at Colwyn Bay with RGC1404, when an entertaining game finished 20 points apiece. The only loss in their previous 6 games in all competitions came on their last visit to Gwent in their 2nd round Cup clash when Championship leaders Pontypool booked their place in the quarter final with a 23 points to 8 win over the Quins at Pontypool Park.
Last season the 2 side’s met just once when the Quins, courtesy of a superb second half comeback edged out Keys by 19 points to 17 at the Park in the Principality Premiership way back on October 1st 2016. On that occasion the Quins points came via a Tom Williams try and a conversion and 3 penalties from Dan Jones, who now features regularly for the Scarlets. The crucial and ultimately winning score for the home side came late in the game when replacement Steffan Marshall slotted over a drop goal with just minutes to play. The Keys scores all came in the first half via tries by hooker Darren Hughes and number 8 Ieuan Jones together with both conversions and a penalty added by outside half Rhys Jones.
The Keys have confirmed their side for this Saturday’s game and it shows 3 changes to the side that was due to take on Llandovery 2 weeks ago, only for the game to be postponed due to a frozen pitch at Pandy Park. All 3 changes are in the backs where Phil Williams returns in the centre, whilst Barney Nightingale and James Leadbeater start on the wing and at scrum half respectively. On the bench hooker Zac Hewlett and back row man Ashley Gibson will hope to make their long awaited Keys debuts.
The Cross Keys side in full is:-
15. Josh Prosser
14. Mathew Powell
13. Leon Andrews
12. Phil Williams
11. Barney Nightingale
10. Corey Shephard
9. James Leadbeater
1. Gary Carpenter
2. Darren Hughes
3. Richard Cornock
4. Tom Lampard
5. Scott Andrews
6. Josh Skinner
7. Scott Matthews (c)
8. Adam Powell
Replacements: 16. Zac Hewlett, 17. Corey Hewlett, 18. Scott Evans, 19. Ashley Gibson, 20. Joe Thomas, 21. Ben Snell, 22. Ross Pritchard, 23. Nathan Trowbridge.
Cross Keys v Carmarthen Quins Principality Premiership
Date: Saturday 10th March 2018
Venue: Pandy Park
Kick Off: 2.30pm