Cross Keys
2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Cross Keys 43 v 19 Swansea
24 September 2016 - Pandy Park, Cross Keys

Match Report

Cross Keys 43 Swansea 19

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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)


Swansea scorers:


Tries:-   Phil Jones (43), Ryan Evans (65), Richard Williams (80+10)

Cons:-   Phil Jones (44), Julian Mogg (80+11)


Yellow cards:-   Jack Perkins (49)


Match facts:


Venue:-   Pandy Park, Cross Keys

Referee:-   Dewi Phillips

Weather:-   Sunny, 18C

Man of the match:-   Scott Matthews

Attendance:-   200


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


Swansea team:


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


Official : Dewi Phillips (Wales)

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