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
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)
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
16 Sean Higgins
17 Garry Horrigan
18 Craig Gould
19 Scott Matthews
20 Ryan James
21 Dean Gunter
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
16 Andrew Littlehales
17 Aled Mason
18 Nicky Thomas
19 Sam Kiley
20 Will Batcup
21 Ben Roberts
22 Lewis Harrhy
23 Sean Williams