CROSS KEYS 37 - ABERAVON 11
In the first half Aberavon were on the board first with a penalty by outside half Craig Evans in the 8th minute. Keys responded with a Dean Gunter penalty just 2 minutes after this. Keys got the opening try of the game with the familiar site of Danny Hodge barging over from close range in the scoreboard corner, Gunter unable to add the extras. Craig Evans added a penalty in the 37th minute for the Wizards. As half time approached Luke Ford raced away from the Aberavon defence after good work from his centre partner Aled James, this time Gunter was able to add the conversion. There was still time for Keys to trouble the scorers again before half time as Gunter struck over his second penalty of the afternoon with the last kick of the half.
Half Time score was Cross Keys 18 Aberavon 6.
In the second half Aberavon came out rareing to go and looked as though they would respond well to the roasting they must have received from their coaching staff, but Keys stood firm and were determined not to let the Wizards cross the whitewash despite several chances.
In the 53rd minute Ford crossed for his second try of the game, his third of the season after a mix up in the Aberavon defence which he took full advantage of, Gunter added the straight forward extras. The Wizards piled on some pressure and got the try they deserved when Ben Thomas crossed in the corner. The conversion was unsuccessful.
Keys went in search of the bonus point try and it looked as though Ford had secured with his hat-trick try only for referee Rhys Thomas to rule it out as, after a consultation with his touch judge he felt the ball had not been grounded by Ford's outstretched arm. The bonus point try came when after a fierce driving scrum, number 8 Adam Powell got his first try for the club. Replacement outside half Dorian Jones failing to add the extras. Keys weren't finished as Aled James making his first start for the club in the centre scored his opening try for the Keys as he barged his way over. Jones this time could add the conversion to open his tally for the Black and Whites.
Final Score Cross Keys 37 - Aberavon 11
A great day for Keys as they secured the bonus point win for the
second week in a row. An excellent all round team performance which
everyone played their part in (and no yellow cards!!). Jamie Sollis was chosen as the committee's man of the match on his 20th birthday with a excellent performance in the back row.
Cross Keys Scorers:-
Tries: Luke Ford (x2), Danny Hodge, Adam Powell, Aled James.
Conversions: Dean Gunter (x2), Dorian Jones
Penalties: Dean Gunter (x2)
Try: Ben Thomas
Penalties: Craig Evans (x2)
Keys Rugby Committee man of the match: Jamie Sollis