10:40am Monday 9th April 2012 in Sport By Chris Kirwan South Wales Argus
TRY-SCORING hero Kristian Baller insists that Cross Keys have got one more British and Irish Cup upset left in them.
The winger raced over for two tries in the thrilling 20-16 win against Cornish Pirates and was only denied a hat trick by a tremendous last-ditch tackle.
The 25-year-old, who signed last summer from Pontypridd, has been one of the catalysts of Keys’ tremendous treble-chasing season.
He took his try tally for the season up to 16 against the Cornishmen and now has Munster A in his sights.
“This is what dreams are made of,” he said. “It doesn’t get much bigger than going to take on Munster on their own patch.
“It’s a great achievement to make the final but we want to go that one step further now. The odds will be against us again but we aren’t going to go there to make up the numbers.
“It’s amazing that Cross Keys have become the first Welsh side to make the final but it would be even better to become the first Welsh side to lift the trophy.”
Baller sent the belief surging when he was put over by Phil Williams’ superb pass after five minutes but it was his score after 50 minutes that will go down in Keys folklore.
The work of backs coach Mark Ring on the training paddock paid dividends as a neat pop pass by number eight Jevon Groves and perfect distribution by scrum-half Rhys Dyer – not to mention blocking runs by hooker Gerwyn Price and centre Phil Williams – allowed the wing to scorch over.
Baller said: “It was a planned move that Ringo brought in and he’s on at us to try it all the time! It just opened up and that’s probably the most important try I’ve ever scored.
“It was just a brilliant performance. Cornish Pirates threw everything at us but it was a massive effort from everyone in the squad. I always knew that we had a game like that in us and it’s incredible what we have achieved against a full-time outfit.
“They had a one-dimensional game but we put a plan in place that worked brilliantly. We wanted to slow their ball down and stop them playing at tempo.
“Fair play to the forwards, they did that while the way that we defended behind was superb.
“Nobody expected us to win and we’ve proved everyone wrong again