Cross Keys
2011/2012 SWALEC Cup
Cross Keys 37 v 24 Cardiff
24 March 2012 - Pandy Park, Cross Keys

Match Report

Cross Keys 37 Cardiff 24

Cardiff’s SWALEC cup reun came to and end at Pandy Park against a Cross Keys side now still in two cup semi-finals

The first twenty minutes was a kicking dual between the two outside halves. Gareth Davies landed an early three points as a high tackle stopped a near certain try for the Blue & Blacks. Keys outside half Dean Gunter gave the home side the lead with two penalties before a Brace from Davies put the visitors back in front. Gunter levelled the scores before the first try of the game.

A loose ball was picked up by Dan Partridge who made massive yards before being dragged down in the twenty two. The support managed to get to him and the ball was whipped wide to Will Jones who scored in the corner. Keys levelled the scores after another mistake, this time by the Blue & Blacks. The home side moved the ball across the line until Nathan Trowbridge was able to cross in the corner.

Cardiff should have had another try before the break but referee James Jones was the only one in the ground who saw a knock on from Shaun Powell when it clearly came off his knee as he collected a kick through to go under the posts. But as the whistle blew it was all square at the break.

The second half started with a bang as first Keys scored the first try of the half. Cardiff failed to deal with a bouncing ball and Keys were able to work Danny Hodge over for a try that Gunter was unable to convert.

Back came the Blue & Blacks as Davies made a magnificent break from the half way line. He was able to link up with Tom Williams who put Joe Griffin over in the corner, Davies converted to put the visitors in front.

Keys gabbed that lead back when Gunter was allowed to waltz through a static Cardiff defence for a try that he again failed to convert, but he did add a penalty shortly after. With a few minutes left Cardiff threw the kitchen sink at the home side. Sion Hopkins nearly squeezed in at the corner. But as the visitors became more and more desperate they threw caution to the wind, but that caution lead to a loose pass that Gunter hacked through. Kristiian Baller was able to get on the end of it and the cup run was ove.

Official : James Jones (Wales)

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