Swansea v Cross Keys Preview and Team News


Cross Keys visit St Helens tomorrow to take on Swansea whose recent run of form has taken them away from the danger zone and open up a big gap on those behind them (including Keys) who continue to fight relegation.

Earlier this season an entertaining clash saw the Whites edge Keys out thanks to a length of the field try with the last play of the game which secured a 34 points to 29 victory for the visitors at Pandy Park. Points for Keys came from tries by Dylan Fidler, Damian Welch, Leon Andrews and Jason Tovey who also kicked 3 conversions and penalty for Keys. The Whites points came via a pair of tries for Paul John with one try apiece for Andrew Claypole and that last minute score for Luke Griffiths who also kicked all 4 conversions plus a pair of penalties for his side.

The Keys have made a host of changes for Saturday’s crucial game. In the pack the entire front row is changed from the one that started against Pontypool in the cup last week, Taylor Hansen and Scott Evans will pack down as props either side of Rhydian Jenkins who starts in place of Ellis Shipp at hooker. In the second row Keys welcome back Scott Andrews, who was unavailable for the Pooler game to partner Tom Lampard with skipper Damian Welch moving back to the back row alongside new signing Elis Hopkins, who made his debut against Pooler after joining Keys from Neath and number 8 Ieuan Jones who came on as a replacement last week. The back line is also much changed to the lineup that started against Pontypool. Owain Leonard returns from injury to start at scrum half where he partners Iwan Burgwin who starts at number 10 with Jacob Botica unavailable. Elsewhere in the backs there will be a pair of debutantes where Morgan Griffiths will make his debut on permit from Cardiff on the wing and the Dragons South African centre Tiaan Loots will make his Keys debut alongside Leon Andrews. Rory Budina will start on the other wing with Carwyn Penny slotting in at full back. On the bench hooker will be covered by Gary Carpenter and Adam Jones will again come in on permit from Cardiff whilst Dan Babos could make his return following a period of time out through injury.

The Cross Keys team in full is:-

15. Carwyn Penny
14. Rory Budina
13. Leon Andrews
12. Tiaan Loots
11. Morgan Griffiths

10. Iwan Burgwin
9. Owain Leonard

1. Taylor Hansen
2. Rhydian Jenkins
3. Scott Evans
4. Scott Andrews
5. Tom Lampard
6. Damian Welch (c)
7. Elis Hopkins
8. Ieuan Jones

Replacements: 16. Gary Carpenter, 17. Scott Hoskins, 18. Richard Cornock, 19. Garin Price, 20. Dylan Fidler, 21. Adam Jones, 22. Dan Babos, 23. Wes Cunliffe.

Swansea v Cross Keys Principality Premiership
Date: Saturday 2nd February 2019
Venue: St. Helens, Swansea
Kick Off: 2.30pm

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