2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 46 v 19 Cross Keys
16 September 2017 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Cross Keys

Match Report

Cardiff 46 Cross Keys 19

Cardiff ran in six tries against Cross Keys to keep the unbeaten record this season intact.

The Blue & Blacks came out of the blocks as fast as they had the previous week. The forwards were doing the hard work and gaining the hard yards before they released the backline. Ben Thomas, making his first start for the home side, made a sublime break before timing his pass to Will Rees-Hole who scored under the sticks. Thomas added the extras. The game then seemed to drift for ten minutes as both sides made a series of mistakes when in good position to get the scoreboard moving.

Eventually the Keys did get on the board. The visitors were awarded a scrum in the twenty-two after a knock on and from the set-piece a simple scissors move put Barney Nightingale through a slack Cardiff defence to score. Josh Prosser, who had earlier missed two penalty kicks at goal, landed the conversion. And the Keys went ahead after another Cardiff mistake, This time a forward rumble ended with hooker Robert Jones going over under the posts.

Cardiff got back to within a point just before half time with two Thomas penalties but the half time talk would have been all about cutting out the errors.

And they did just that straight from the kick off. Rhys Carre carried the ball up field as he had all the first half but this time when the ball came to Thomas he again created a hole to cruise through and when he only had the full back to beat he found support from Lewis Jones on his shoulder to score. Thomas added the conversion, but couldn’t land the touchline conversion of Owen Lane’s try that had been created by a Jack Roberts break before feeding the wing to score.

By now the pack were getting on top and with the back row working as a unit and nullifying the Keys attacks the ball seemed to be more in Cardiff hands than in Keys. And they were to provide a rare sight at Cardiff, a push over try that secured the bonus point, James Sheekey at the back of a five-metre scrum that had been stopped illegally twice before.

That didn’t stop Cardiff playing though as they looked to attack from everywhere.  Will Rees-Hole completed his hat-trick as he scored twice after great interplay between forwards and backs. The first created by Ian Jenkins bullocking run into the twenty-two. The other prop, Carre, who was named man of the match, setting up Cardiff’s sixth and Rees-Hole’s third. Keys had the final word as Nathan Trowbridge crossed but it was the Blue & Blacks day.

Next week Cardiff entertain Ebbw Vale at the Arms Park kick off 2:30

Official : Gareth John (Wales)

Cardiff Cross Keys