Cardiff
2010/2011 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 25 v 34 Cross Keys
20 November 2010 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Cross Keys

Match Report

Cardiff 25 Cross Keys 34

Cardiff suffered a second successive home defeat as an old boy Steffan Jones returned a man of the match display at Cardiff Arms Park.

Jones scored 24 of his side’s points as the Keys bagged themselves a bonus point. In a scrappy first ten minutes riddled with mistakes by both sides the scoreboard managed to remain blank. Jones opened the visitors account with a short range penalty, before Keys scored their first try. From a loose ball in the Cardiff half the visitors worked the ball through the phases before Tom Lampard raced through to score, Jones added the extras.

Joe Griffin did bring the scores closer with a penalty for the Blue & Blacks, but Joes was to add a try to his tally after another former old boy Leon Andrews had broken the Cardiff defence with a powerful run up the middle. Jones was on hand to receive the scoring pass to give Keys a deserved 17 -3 half time advantage.

The second half saw Keys build even more pressure. Jones added another penalty and then was instrumental in pushing Keys further ahead. Finding space behind the home defence he threaded the ball between two Cardiff players to find touch. From the scrum for a non-straight lineout Keys No8 Rhys Williams powered over, Jones again with the conversion.

Cardiff did threaten a comeback Owen Williams scoring near the posts to narrow the cap but more Cardiff mistakes led to try number four for the visitors. A dropped pass on the half way line was gathered by Jones who raced under the posts.   Cardiff at last got their game in order, Shaun Powell scored in the corner to give them a little hoe. Jones managed to edge Keys further ahead before the last play of the match saw Richard Smith latch onto a pass from Thomas Young, the youngster having made a break and avoided several tackles before off-loading.

It was though a case of too many errors from the Blue & Blacks, something for the coaching staff to sort out before the visit to Rodney Parade next week.

Attendance: 500

Official : Jonathan Mason (Wales)

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