WRU National Cup – Round 2 Draw

After receiving a bye in Round 1, The Keys have taken their place in the draw for the WRU National Cup 2nd Round and have subsequently learned their fate after Tuesday lunchtime’s draw. Cross Keys will host runaway Championship leaders Pontypool at Pandy Park on the weekend of 26th January 2019. Pooler, who also received a bye in round 1 after Neath were unable to raise a side for their clash at Pontypool Park will come to Pandy Park with a side that has more than its fair share of familiar faces to the Keys’ faithful. Amongst their squad are former Keys captains Scott Matthews and Rob Nash, who of course lifted the Cup as Keys skipper back in 2012. They are joined in the vastly experienced Pooler squad by former Keys men Darren Hughes, Danny Hodge and Lloyd Lewis, whilst another cup winner with Keys in 2012, Rhys Dyer is now part of the coaching staff at Pontypool Park.

The two sides last met in the quarter finals at Pandy Park back in March 2017 and it was Keys, who featured Matthews, Hughes and Hodge in their lineup against Pooler who were triumphant as they secured a semi final place with a 19 points to 3 victory.

The full Draw for Round 2 is:-

Cardiff Met v Bedwas
Cross Keys v Pontypool
Llandovery v Trebanos
Merthyr v Ebbw Vale
Newbridge v Bridgend
Pontypridd v Llanelli
RGC1404 v Cardiff
Swansea v Bargoed

All ties are scheduled to take place on the weekend of Saturday 26th January 2019.

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TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 25 11 1 13 526 469 61
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 25 7 1 17 503 632 40
Cross Keys 23 5 1 17 464 734 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 24 1 0 23 350 943 3
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