Cross Keys
2005/2006 Principality Premiership
Cross Keys 10 v 38 Cardiff
17 March 2006 - Pandy Park, Cross Keys

Match Report

Cross Keys 10 Cardiff 38

Cardiff players, fans and officials left Cross Keys with a smile on their faces after a resounding six-try triumph at Pandy Park.

It would appear that the last gasp victory over Llanelli seven days earlier had done everyone a power of good as Howard Stone's side made a mockery of the Premiership table. Cross Keys have been comfortably placed in the top six for most of the season and won 20-9 at the Arms Park earlier in the campaign when the Blue & Blacks were at their most profligate.

But this time the boot was firmly on the other foot - or to be more precise the ball was being carried and moved with greater flair and accuracy. Inspired by a brilliant back row of Mark Lewis, Gareth Gravell and James Malpas, the whole team functioned with a sleekness and a clinical finishing that had been hinted at but not achieved in recent weeks.

Though the Keys scored first with a penalty goal, the Blue & Blacks were soon up and running with Jonathan Hill, playing on the wing, crossing in the corner. Then Nick Macleod converted tries by Rob Meredith and Elgan Jones. The home side stayed in touch with a seven-pointer of their own but Cardiff were in no mood for taking prisoners.

A fine individual try by scrum-half Tom Isaacs, in his first full game for the club, was again converted by Macleod for a 26-10 lead at the break.

The third quarter was more of a struggle, not helped by poor tactical kicking, but normal service was restored in the closing stages as Hill raced along th touchline for his second touchdown, converted by Macleod from wide out, and Lewis powered  over for a final try that sealed an emphatic result that warmed all Blue & Black hearts in the freezing conditions.