Keys look to bounce back in Swalec Cup final
By Angie Prangell | 30/04/2012
Monday 30th April 2012 By Chris Kirwan
CROSS Keys plan on using their British and Irish Cup heartache as motivation when they lock horns with Pontypridd in the Swalec Cup final.
The Pandy Park outfit were beaten 31-12 by Munster A in the final of the cross-border competition in Cork last Friday.
They have a swift chance to go one better when they take on Ponty at the Millennium Stadium next Monday and captain Rob Nash is confident that he can be they will be the first side in the club’s 127-year history to lift a trophy.
“It’s been a great season but we want some silverware,” said captain Rob Nash. “We fell short in Cork but we will get over the bumps and bruises and start working hard for Pontypridd.
“The British and Irish Cup campaign was brilliant – nobody expected us to win a game in our group and we made it all the way to the final.
“In the end Munster were just too strong and were far, far better than anything we had faced in the tournament before.
“You’ve got to take your hat off to them but playing against quality like that can only make us better. If we prepare for Ponty exactly like we did for Munster then I have no doubt that we will win the Swalec Cup.”
Centre Phil Williams believes the culture shift at the club, who have earned successive top six Premiership finishes after years of battling at the basement, was shown by the way that they approached the game.
“We headed to play Munster in Cork and believed that we could win, that shows how far we have come as a squad over the past few years,” he said.
“Nobody gave us a chance in this competition but we have made massive progress as it went on and there were some brilliant wins.
“We’re disappointed to have lost to Munster but the saving grace is that we have the Ponty game to put things right.
“Losing the BIC final puts a lot of pressure on to win this one so that we get some reward for this season but we just can’t wait for it now.”