Action Replay (Cross Keys Programme Notes)

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CROSS KEYS 19 ABERAVON 47
(by Howard Evans)

With a try-bonus reached in 31 minutes and 33-0 ahead at half-time, Aberavon’s job was almost completed.

To their credit Cross Keys never gave up and took the second half 19-14, but there was only ever going to be one winner.

Aberavon head coach Jason Hyatt said: “To come to Cross Keys on a Friday night when several of the players had only just finished work was never going to be easy, but we played so well that we have now taken 14 points from three successive Fridays.

“I was pleased in the way we played and with the work the players put in and I was able to give the replacements a good run as well.”

Backs coach Lyndon Lewis echoed Hyatt’s remarks and added: “It all went well for us and we played some good running rugby.”

The first of the seven tries by the ‘Wizards’ came soon after the start as wing Stef Andrews broke through and prop forward Rowan Jenkins dived over for Chris Banfield to convert.

With No 8 Andrew Waite running splendidly it was no surprise when he picked up near halfway and outstripped all the home side and Banfield again goaled.

More superb fast passing saw Jonny Phillips race clear and forward pressure ended in a penalty try and then Phillips, Waite and Andrews were all involved before scrum half Jacob Flynn nipped over and Banfield goaled from the touchline.

The second half saw Keys end a long attacking spell when scrum half replacement Dan Babos scored from his tap-kick and Declan Williams converted.

Aberavon had eased down, but Wales under-20 prop replacement Rhys Henry tore over for Banfield to convert at 7-40.

Andrews broke away for the next try as flanker Joe Tomalin-Reeves took his pass to score and skipper James Garland converted.

The last five minutes saw Keys rewarded for their pluck as replacement Will Kelly went over wide out and then the pack gained a penalty try.

For Aberavon skipper James Garland had a fine game, controlling play in his best game of the season and combining well with Jacob Flynn.

Will Price got through a lot of hard graft and both Jac Morgan and Joe Tomalin-Reeves tackled and foraged well, while Andrew Waite gave an outstanding display at No 8.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 27 21 0 6 798 501 107
Llandovery 28 20 1 7 803 492 98
Cardiff 26 19 1 6 771 547 95
Ebbw Vale 28 19 1 8 671 512 90
Pontypridd 25 18 0 7 840 480 89
Aberavon 26 17 2 7 612 490 83
Newport 29 16 2 11 726 678 83
Swansea 28 15 0 13 625 552 75
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 26 12 1 13 669 556 73
Carmarthen Quins 29 13 1 15 616 544 71
Llanelli 29 11 1 17 622 710 58
Bedwas 28 10 1 17 615 786 52
Bridgend Ravens 26 9 0 17 544 651 50
Cross Keys 27 5 1 21 552 925 35
Bargoed 27 6 0 21 522 872 33
Neath 27 1 0 26 379 1069 3