Cross Keys travelled to the Midlands to take on Moseley with faint hopes
of qualification through to the knockout stages of this season's
British & Irish Cup, but those hopes were a distant memory as
Moseley proved to powerful for The Keys who produced their worst
performance of the season so far.
The Keys opened the scoring after a scrappy opening when Dorian Jones slotted over a penalty after 4 minutes of play. That was pretty much as good as it got for Keys as Moseley began to hammer Keys particularly as scrum time and at the tackle area. The home side got the opening try of the game when former Keys centre Will Owen cut through a huge gap in the Keys defence to feed winger Scott Armstrong who did the rest to score a try in the 9th minute which looked far too straight forward from a Keys point of view. Outside half Will Hooley kicked the extras as Moseley looked to build from the solid platform they were given from their dominant scrums.
A defensive mix up from Keys led to Mosley grabbing an oppotunist 2nd try of the game after just 12 minutes. For some unknown reason Keys tried to to play the ball out from their own try line rather than simply get rid of the danger when under pressure and a fumble led to ex Ebbw Vale winger Simon Hunt pouncing to score the simplest of tries and put his side, deservedly further in front. Will Hooley this time failed to add the relatively simple conversion.
It went from bad to worse for Keys when Will Hooley crossed as the game entered the second quarter after a break away that started on the home sides own 22. Keys defence was suffering and Hooley took full advantage and also converted his own score to give his side a commanding lead.
The Keys grabbed their first try on the stroke of half time when Danny Hodge crashed over from close range in familiar fashion, just after Richard Cornock had gone agonizingly close. Dorian Jones successful with the extras to give Keys a slim chance of a comeback.
Half time score Moseley 19 Cross Keys 10
Moseley effectively wrapped up the win when Will Evans crossed for a try, again far too easily for Keys liking to secure the bonus point for his side. In the increasingly powerful wind the conversion went wide but Moseley weren't to worried as they continued to dominate.
Keys prop Richard Cornock was sent to the sin bin after 55 minutes for pulling down in the lineout and it appeared that this would only build Moseley's already thriving confidence. But that didn't materialize and a fine try by Nathan Trowbridge after just over an hour somehow bought Keys back in to contention. Dorian Jones' excellent touch line conversion meant Keys were back to within a converted try of the hosts.
As the game entered the closing 5 minutes and with Keys back down to 14 with Adam Powell this time in the sin bin Moseley ended any Keys hopes when replacement hooker Will Evans crossed for his second try of the game. The conversion from Will Hooley was successful and Mosley deservedly took the spoils on an extremely bad day at the office for Keys.
The Keys were very poor and were bought back down to earth with a bump and know they need to drastically improve on this 'performance' as they head in to back to back league games with Bedwas over the next 2 weeks.
Tries: Will Evans (x2), Scott Armstrong, Simon Hunt & Will Hooley
Conversions: Will Hooley (x3)
Cross Keys Scorers:-
Tries: Danny Hodge & Nathan Trowbridge
Conversions: Dorian Jones (x2)
Penalty: Dorian Jones