Cross Keys
2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Cross Keys 48 v 0 Swansea
30 November 2012 - Pandy Park, Cross Keys
Swansea

Match Report

Cross Keys 48 Swansea 0

 

 

The All Whites were put to the sword by a clinical Crosskeys side in one of the most disappointing defeats in the history of Swansea Rugby. Fly half Steffan Jones weighed in with a personal haul of 28 points to keep Keys near the summit of the Premiership.

 

The home side took the lead after just five minutes when the Whites’ defence crept offside in midfield – Steffan Jones converted a penalty goal. The fly half then chipped ahead into a dangerous position and when Aled Jenkins failed to deal with the ball he was forced to ground it for a scrum five. However Keys failed to capitalise and the visitors cleared.

 

Excellent work by Gerwyn Price and Dorian Jones, who drove play into the heart of the Whites’ twenty-two, forced the defence offside and Steffan Jones doubled his side’s lead with a second penalty goal.

 

Crosskeys dominated up front throughout the match and after 22 minutes their pack drove Swansea backwards and earned a penalty with Steffan Jones adding a further three points.

 

Three minutes later Keys got their first try when Steffan Jones charged down an attempted clearance by Rhys Thomas. He kept his composure to gather the ball to score a try that he also converted.

 

The home side scored their second try when centre Leon Andrews burst through the middle and offloaded superbly to hooker Gerwyn Price, who scored. Steffan Jones converted.

 

Steffan Jones put the result beyond doubt on the stroke of half with a great solo try. His chip through hit a Whites defender and rebounded into the hands of the fly half, who scored. He also converted.

 

Half-time:-   Crosskeys   30   Swansea   0

 

The home side had the first chance after the break when Dorian Jones chipped ahead down the wing but the ball beat him into touch. Replacement centre Dean Gunter powered through the middle and forced the Whites’ defence offside. Steffan Jones extended his side’s lead with a successful penalty goal.

 

Andrews then threatened again with a grubber kick through the middle but it was well watched by James Bija who grounded the ball dead. Keys’ forwards created the fourth and bonus point try. First, Price made a break and then Dan Hodge and Ollie Hodge linked up in midfield before the ball was swept out wide for Dorian Jones to score. Steffan Jones missed the conversion.

 

The Whites’ scrum was again put under severe pressure and they gave away another penalty. This time Keys chipped to the corner and after good work by the forwards, Steffan Jones switched play with a superb kick to the other corner which was collected by Price for his second try. Steffan Jones failed to convert.

 

The home side rounded off a fantastic victory with a sixth try when Andrews made the initial break before Adam Powell threw a long pass out wide for replacement Sean Higgins to score. Steffan Jones missed the conversion.

 

Next up for Cross Keys is a home match against Connacht in the British and Irish Cup, while Swansea travel to Cornish Pirates in the same competition.

 

Full time:-   Crosskeys   48   Swansea   0

 

Referee:-   Kelvin Shorte

Weather:-   Clear, 3C

 

Man of the match:-   Gerwyn Price

 

Crosskeys scorers:

 

Tries:-   S Jones (25, 40+3), Price (39, 66), D Jones (56), Higgins (71)

Cons:-   S Jones (26, 40, 40+4)

Pens:-   S Jones (6, 17, 22, 52)

 

Crosskeys team:

15 Gareth David

14 Dorian Jones

13 Leon Andrews

12 Aled James (rep: Dean Gunter 50)

11 Luke Williams

10 Steffan Jones

9 Rhys Dyer (rep: Ryan James 63)

1 Richard Cornock

2 Gerwyn Price (rep: Garry Horrigan 66)

3 Anthony Lott (rep: Craig Gould 66)

4 Dan Hodge (rep: Sean Higgins 63)

5 Ollie Hodge

6 Tom Lampard (rep: Scott Matthews 63)

7 Rob Nash

8 Adam Powell

 

Replacements:

 

16 Sean Higgins

17 Garry Horrigan

18 Craig Gould

19 Scott Matthews

20 Ryan James

21 Dean Gunter

 

Swansea team:

15 Rhys Williams

14 Chris Shelmerdine

13 Aled Jenkins

12 Nicky Harwood

11 Liam Price (rep: Ben Roberts 60)

10 Aled Lewis

9 Jake Cole (rep: Will Batcup 41)

1 Nicky Smith (rep: Aled Mason 61)

2 Paul John

3 Ian Williams (rep: Nicky Thomas 61)

4 Ben Fox (rep: Sam Kiley 61)

5 Rhodri Hughes

6 Rob Dudley-Jones (rep: Sean Williams 79)

7 James Bija

8 Dan Baker

Replacements:

16 Andrew Littlehales

17 Aled Mason

18 Nicky Thomas

19 Sam Kiley

20 Will Batcup

21 Ben Roberts

22 Lewis Harrhy

23 Sean Williams

Attendance: 100

Official : Kelvin Shorte (Wales)

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