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By: Paul Hopkins
Swansea fell to a heavy defeat at Cross Keys, rooting them to the bottom of the table, but there were plenty of signs of encouragement in their second half display.
The game was effectively over at half time when the visitors trailed 0-31, but the All Whites’ did manage to outscore their opponents by three tries to two in an evenly fought second half.
The home side were on the scoreboard with their first real attack with centre Leon Andrews, fly half Josh Prosser and winger Mathew Powell linking up well in midfield, stretching the Whites defence to send number eight Ieuan Jones over for a try. Full back Ethan Davies missed his effort at goal.
Cross Keys were unlucky not to add a second try when hooker Ellis Shipp made a mini break and found Davies, who raced into the twenty-two. Support was slow to arrive though and he lost the ball forward.
Try number two for Keys came when Ieuan Jones powered through the middle and found flanker Scott Matthews on his shoulder. He held off two tackles to squeeze over the line. Davies converted.
It seemed to spark the All Whites into life and when lock Jay Williams collected the restart, fly half Phil Jones sprinted through the middle, but he lost possession. The visitors were soon back on the attack though and the home defence was penalised for offside in midfield. Centre Josh Martin missed the relatively straight forward kick at goal.
Keys’ third try was sensational. First centre Nathan Williams showed great strength in the tackle, before Ieuan Jones and Matthews displayed good handling skills in midfield, sending lock Tom Lampard on a run into the twenty-two. The home side recycled possession quickly and Powell dived over in the corner. Davies’ conversion hit the post.
The All Whites looked to hit back with an attack of their own, but when the move broke down Davies picked up the ball and raced into the Swansea half. Great handling skills by Lampard sent scrum half Owain Leonard over for Keys’ bonus point try. Davies converted.
Matthews completed an outstanding first half for the home side when he scored on a crash ball from a well taken lineout by Lampard. Davies converted.
Half-time:- Cross Keys 31 Swansea 0
With the match looking well beyond reach the All Whites started to play with a great deal of freedom after the interval.
In fact it took them just three minutes to get onto the scoreboard when winger Richard Thomas bounced out of a tackle to send fellow wing Richard Williams up to within a metre of the line. Quick ball from the lineout saw Phil Jones dummy his way over for a try, which he also converted.
Keys were back on the attack and Swansea flanker Jack Perkins was shown a yellow card for killing the ball. The home side opted for a scrum on the twenty-two, but the move broke down when the lively Powell lost the ball forward after spotting a gap.
A superb move involving Andrews, Prosser and replacement wing Polu Uhi almost resulted in a try, but the Whites’ defence managed to shepherd the ball over the dead ball line.
Centre Ryan Evans picked up a low pass in midfield and caught the Keys’ defence half asleep as he sprinted home from half way to score a superb solo effort. Phil Jones missed the conversion.
When Swansea were penalised for offside in midfield, Dorian Jones found touch just five minutes from the line. It meant a dominant home pack were able to form a maul with Matthews claiming his hat trick. Davies converted.
Try number seven for Cross Keys came after a patient build up by the pack. Dorian Jones was held up just short of the line, but he managed to get his pass away to Skinner, who scored. Davies missed the conversion.
In a scrappy end to the game, Keys replacement prop Gwesyn Price-Jones was yellow carded for failing to release the man at the ruck. Moments later substitute hooker Darren Hughes was also sent to the sidelines for deliberate offside.
The Whites opted for a scrum and Ryan Evans exploited an overlap out wide to send Richard Williams over for a consolation try. Replacement fly half Julian Mogg converted.
Next up for Cross Keys is a trip to Carmarthen, while Swansea host Cardiff.
Full-time:- Cross Keys 43 Swansea 19
Cross Keys scorers:
Tries:- Ieuan Jones (3), Scott Matthews (8, 38, 68), Mathew Powell (21), Owain Leonard (28), Josh Skinner (79)
Cons:- Ethan Davies (9, 29, 39, 69)
Yellow cards:- Gwesyn Price-Jones (80+6), Darren Hughes (80+8)
Tries:- Phil Jones (43), Ryan Evans (65), Richard Williams (80+10)
Cons:- Phil Jones (44), Julian Mogg (80+11)
Yellow cards:- Jack Perkins (49)
Venue:- Pandy Park, Cross Keys
Referee:- Dewi Phillips
Weather:- Sunny, 18C
Man of the match:- Scott Matthews
Cross Keys team:
15 Ethan Davies
14 Mathew Powell
13 Leon Andrews
12 Nathan Williams
11 Jacob Unwin (rep: Polu Uhi 60)
10 Josh Prosser (rep: Dorian Jones 45)
9 Owain Leonard (rep: James Leadbeater 68)
1 Lewis Smout (rep: Gwesyn Price-Jones 79)
2 Ellis Shipp (rep: Darren Hughes 60)
3 Richard Cornock (rep: Gary Carpenter 71)
4 Danny Hodge (rep: Simon Williams 52)
5 Tom Lampard
6 Josh Skinner
7 Scott Matthews ©
8 Ieuan Jones (rep: Adam Powell 60)
16 Darren Hughes
17 Gwesyn Price-Jones
18 Gary Carpenter
19 Simon Williams
20 Adam Powell
21 Dorian Jones
22 James Leadbeater
23 Polu Uhi
15 Josh Jones
14 Richard Williams
13 Ryan Evans
12 Josh Martin
11 Richard Thomas
10 Phil Jones (rep: Julian Mogg 70)
9 Martin Luckwell (rep: Rhodri Wells 54 (rep: Jedd Evans 75))
1 Tom Sloane (rep: Mitchell Walsh 64)
2 Paul John (rep: Ricky Guest 64)
3 Sam Martin (rep: Richard Murphy 64)
4 Gavin Ronan
5 Jay Williams
6 Jon Vaughan ©
7 Jack Perkins
8 Ollie Young (rep: Will Jones 54 (rep: Ross Barnes 58))
16 Ricky Guest
17 Mitchell Walsh
18 Richard Murphy
19 Ross Barnes
20 Will Jones
21 Rhodri Wells
22 Julian Mogg
23 Jedd Evans