Cross Keys v Pontypridd Preview
By David Glastonbury | 11/05/2018
Cross Keys welcome Pontypridd to Pandy Park this Saturday for the penultimate game in this season’s Principality Premiership campaign.
Whilst Keys have nothing but pride to play for going in to their final 2 games, Ponty with this game being their last of the season can still mathematically win the title should they get the win at Pandy Park. For Ponty to claim another title triumph they will firstly have to beat Keys on Saturday whilst they will also be relying on Merthyr slipping up in both their remaining games, at Bargoed this Saturday and at home to Aberavon on Tuesday evening without claiming any bonus points. A win for the Ironmen in either of their final 2 games will see them lift the Principality Premiership trophy for the second successive year.
Keys and Ponty have already met on 3 occasions so far this season. In the league fixtures in the East conference of the Principality Premiership, Ponty secured the double over Keys with a 26 points to 12 win at Sardis Road back in September and they completed the double with a 16 points to 7 win at Pandy Park back in December. In that win at Sardis Road Ponty crossed for 3 tries via Rhys Shellard, Diggy Bird and Morgan Sieniawski with Bird kicking a conversion and 2 penalties alongside 1 for former Wales fly half Ceri Sweeney. Keys’ points came from tries for Taine Basham and Leon Andrews with 1 conversion for Josh Prosser. In the game at Pandy Park Keys points came from a Mathew Powell try together with the conversion kicked by Corey Shephard. Ponty’s points were from tries by Alex Webber and Rhys Shellard with Diggy Bird kicking a pair of penalties. The 3rd fixture between the sides this season was in the WRU National Cup 1st Round clash at Pandy Park when Keys gave departing head coach Greg Woods the perfect send off in his final game with a 21 points to 16 victory over Ponty. Keys points came from a pair of Josh Skinner tries together with 11 points from the boot of Josh Prosser. Ponty’s tries came from Chris Dicomidis and Joe Page with Ceri Sweeney and Diggy Bird adding a penalty each.
With Keys awaiting a couple of permits and last minute fitness tests, the side has not yet been finalised for this game but as soon as it is finalised it will appear here.
Cross Keys v Pontypridd Principality Premiership
Date: Saturday 12th May 2018
Venue: Pandy Park
Kick Off: 2.30pm