Cross Keys 29 Newport 9

South Wales Argus: TRY TIME: Dorian Jones jinks over for Cross Keys TRY TIME: Dorian Jones jinks over for Cross Keys

CROSS Keys avenged Newport’s British and Irish Cup win at Pandy Park in October with a comprehensive bonus point Premiership victory which puts them fourth.

The excellent hosts dominated the game, the Valleys side head and shoulders better than their disappointing city Gwent rivals.

A long range penalty by Keys old boy Scott Sneddon had given the Black and Ambers an early lead.

But Keys should have been on level terms at the very least after skipper and openside Rob Nash knocked the ball on from a lineout with the try-line at his mercy before outside half Dorian Jones missed a very kickable penalty.

They were not to be denied, however, when the No 10 scored a lovely solo try, wrong-footing the Black and Ambers with what the late Bill McLaren would have called his ‘twinkle toes’.

He converted it to give them a 7-3 advantage with nearly a quarter of an hour gone.

It looked as though the hosts would start to dominate but Newport battled their way back into a game where both sides tried to play open rugby, wing Elliot Frewen and scrum half James Leadbeater both looking lively for the visitors.

An excellent break by Black and Ambers centre Dan Robinson took his side deep into enemy territory and they were awarded a penalty which Sneddon slotted over after 32 minutes.

A superb run by Keys lock Dan Hodge, who was the game’s outstanding player, saw him find Leon Andrews in support but the centre failed to see replacement wing Nathan Trowbridge unmarked outside him.

Hodge made another fine break just seconds later but his pass was knocked on by tighthead prop Anthony Lott.

The Pandy Park side probably should have been further ahead than 7-6 at half-time but Sneddon could have nosed Newport ahead only for his penalty attempt to just fail.

Keys drew first blood seven minutes after the interval when Andrews intercepted a Sneddon pass on half way and raced away before passing to wing Luke Williams for a try that was converted by Dorian Jones.

The home side’s dominant scrum saw them awarded a penalty in the 50th minute which was kicked by Dorian Jones to give them a 17-6 lead, the fly half soon replaced by Newport Gwent Dragons’ Steffan Jones.

Sneddon gave the visitors hope with his third penalty in the 61st minute to reduce the gap to eight points.

But any hopes Newport had of a comeback were dashed when the outstanding Nash was driven over the visitors’ try-line by his forwards from a lineout, Steffan Jones converting to give them a 24-9 advantage.

Keys were still well on top in the closing stages and went on the hunt for a bonus point try.

It came when replacement scrum half Rhys Dyer just beat number eight Adam Powell to the ball with a pushover touchdown in the dying seconds.

It was joy for Keys but it’s back to the drawing board for a Newport side who haven’t scored a try in their last three matches.

Cross Keys scorers: tries – Dorian Jones, Luke Williams, Rob Nash, Rhys Dyer; conversions – Dorian Jones (2), Steffan Jones; penalty – D Jones.

Newport scorers: penalties – S Sneddon (3).

Referee: James Jones (WRU)

Argus star man: Dan Hodge

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10:58pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Euwan Usami says...

I don't recall Newport being in the xkeys 22 at any point. Score flatters Newport. All credit xkeys. Newport godawful again.
I don't recall Newport being in the xkeys 22 at any point. Score flatters Newport. All credit xkeys. Newport godawful again. Euwan Usami
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11:20pm Thu 27 Dec 12

dragons boy says...

When you take 9 players from a relegated side(Pontypool) why are you surprised when you lose?
Back to the drawing board again?
When you take 9 players from a relegated side(Pontypool) why are you surprised when you lose? Back to the drawing board again? dragons boy
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11:28pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Euwan Usami says...

Definitely back to the drawing board. A real contrast from the side that hammered out a great win at the Gnoll and put up a superb performance against Newcastle in the home game but have not performed since the annialation in the away match. Needs sorting.
Definitely back to the drawing board. A real contrast from the side that hammered out a great win at the Gnoll and put up a superb performance against Newcastle in the home game but have not performed since the annialation in the away match. Needs sorting. Euwan Usami
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11:40pm Thu 27 Dec 12

dragons boy says...

"A superb display against Newcastle?"

A strange statement as Newcastle had a 4 try bonus point in the first half then the game was over as Newcastle made numerous changes.
"A superb display against Newcastle?" A strange statement as Newcastle had a 4 try bonus point in the first half then the game was over as Newcastle made numerous changes. dragons boy
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11:55pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Euwan Usami says...

To be fair Newcastle put 50 points on keys at Pandy park . For Newport to "win" the second half 7-0 is a real achievement against such a strong fully professional outfit with a budget larger than the Dragons. Taking a second side upto Newcastle to get annialated seemed an odd decision after the performances that have followed though.
To be fair Newcastle put 50 points on keys at Pandy park . For Newport to "win" the second half 7-0 is a real achievement against such a strong fully professional outfit with a budget larger than the Dragons. Taking a second side upto Newcastle to get annialated seemed an odd decision after the performances that have followed though. Euwan Usami
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10:56am Fri 28 Dec 12

dragons boy says...

Newcastle has not played at Pandy Park yet.
Keys lost by 50 points at Newcastle.
Newcastle are a very skillful, well funded team that has remained undefeated all season and are firm favourites to return to the Aviva Premiership but dont kid yourself that it was a weakened Newport side that traveled to Newcastle?
Try comparing the side that played at Newcastle to other Newport sides.

This hammering at keys tonight was of a good Newport side by a what seems to be a crosskeys Team with a significant injury list.
Whats wort stating for a Dragons prop to come on and show more pace in a scrum running backwards.
Newcastle has not played at Pandy Park yet. Keys lost by 50 points at Newcastle. Newcastle are a very skillful, well funded team that has remained undefeated all season and are firm favourites to return to the Aviva Premiership but dont kid yourself that it was a weakened Newport side that traveled to Newcastle? Try comparing the side that played at Newcastle to other Newport sides. This hammering at keys tonight was of a good Newport side by a what seems to be a crosskeys Team with a significant injury list. Whats wort stating for a Dragons prop to come on and show more pace in a scrum running backwards. dragons boy
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12:17pm Fri 28 Dec 12

dalesman1666 says...

Have to agree with dragonsboy, The x pontypool players are struggling to adapt to playing with lower quality players. Many of the newport players have had more clubs than tiger woods. And the coaches own more laptops than pc world. As you can see by the league tables for both the region and the premiership. They are both pushing for relegation. Onwards and downwards. What a waste of money
Have to agree with dragonsboy, The x pontypool players are struggling to adapt to playing with lower quality players. Many of the newport players have had more clubs than tiger woods. And the coaches own more laptops than pc world. As you can see by the league tables for both the region and the premiership. They are both pushing for relegation. Onwards and downwards. What a waste of money dalesman1666
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12:21pm Fri 28 Dec 12

dalesman1666 says...

Well done nashy a co totally outclassed newport last night. Dominated the game in tough conditions. Good solid all round performance.
Well done nashy a co totally outclassed newport last night. Dominated the game in tough conditions. Good solid all round performance. dalesman1666
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8:06pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Euwan Usami says...

dragons boy wrote:
Newcastle has not played at Pandy Park yet.
Keys lost by 50 points at Newcastle.
Newcastle are a very skillful, well funded team that has remained undefeated all season and are firm favourites to return to the Aviva Premiership but dont kid yourself that it was a weakened Newport side that traveled to Newcastle?
Try comparing the side that played at Newcastle to other Newport sides.

This hammering at keys tonight was of a good Newport side by a what seems to be a crosskeys Team with a significant injury list.
Whats wort stating for a Dragons prop to come on and show more pace in a scrum running backwards.
I am not kidding myself or anyone else about the Newport side in fairness. I know it wasn't the same team that played at RP because some were left behind and some watched the game from the Newcastle hospitality. Wonderful thing twitter. Let's not forget Newport beat keys at Pandy park in the same tournament. When FONR tweeted they were fielding a weakened side i am guessing they weren't trying to kid me or anyone else either. All credit to Keys for the win. Why not try to give others a little too eh?
[quote][p][bold]dragons boy[/bold] wrote: Newcastle has not played at Pandy Park yet. Keys lost by 50 points at Newcastle. Newcastle are a very skillful, well funded team that has remained undefeated all season and are firm favourites to return to the Aviva Premiership but dont kid yourself that it was a weakened Newport side that traveled to Newcastle? Try comparing the side that played at Newcastle to other Newport sides. This hammering at keys tonight was of a good Newport side by a what seems to be a crosskeys Team with a significant injury list. Whats wort stating for a Dragons prop to come on and show more pace in a scrum running backwards.[/p][/quote]I am not kidding myself or anyone else about the Newport side in fairness. I know it wasn't the same team that played at RP because some were left behind and some watched the game from the Newcastle hospitality. Wonderful thing twitter. Let's not forget Newport beat keys at Pandy park in the same tournament. When FONR tweeted they were fielding a weakened side i am guessing they weren't trying to kid me or anyone else either. All credit to Keys for the win. Why not try to give others a little too eh? Euwan Usami
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8:14pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Euwan Usami says...

dalesman1666 wrote:
Have to agree with dragonsboy, The x pontypool players are struggling to adapt to playing with lower quality players. Many of the newport players have had more clubs than tiger woods. And the coaches own more laptops than pc world. As you can see by the league tables for both the region and the premiership. They are both pushing for relegation. Onwards and downwards. What a waste of money
Keys are in the same region. You know this right? You know who Steffan Jones is playing for when he's not at Pandy Park? There is no relegation from the Rabo12 or the Welsh premiership competitions for two seasons. Let me know if there is anything else your unsure of.
[quote][p][bold]dalesman1666[/bold] wrote: Have to agree with dragonsboy, The x pontypool players are struggling to adapt to playing with lower quality players. Many of the newport players have had more clubs than tiger woods. And the coaches own more laptops than pc world. As you can see by the league tables for both the region and the premiership. They are both pushing for relegation. Onwards and downwards. What a waste of money[/p][/quote]Keys are in the same region. You know this right? You know who Steffan Jones is playing for when he's not at Pandy Park? There is no relegation from the Rabo12 or the Welsh premiership competitions for two seasons. Let me know if there is anything else your unsure of. Euwan Usami
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1:25am Sat 29 Dec 12

dalesman1666 says...

euwan usami sounds like a nice welsh name. one question Wheres your next win gonna come from or are you not bothered due to no relegation. The only thing im not sure of is your club ambitions or lack of it.
euwan usami sounds like a nice welsh name. one question Wheres your next win gonna come from or are you not bothered due to no relegation. The only thing im not sure of is your club ambitions or lack of it. dalesman1666
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3:34am Sat 29 Dec 12

Euwan Usami says...

dalesman1666 wrote:
euwan usami sounds like a nice welsh name. one question Wheres your next win gonna come from or are you not bothered due to no relegation. The only thing im not sure of is your club ambitions or lack of it.
Let me help you again; Euwan Usami is an old ID I use and is a little too subtle for some it seems. Say it slowly and see if you can work it out. (clue = your right, it's not a Welsh name).

As for club ambitions you probably need to direct questions like that to Sven Cronk. Since the regional changes the clubs are just proving grounds for the region now. I agree I don't think much concern is shown on results. The Dragons sent most of their available talent to Bedwas this season, hence them sitting on top of the league. It's genuinely odd to see Matthew Pewtner playing against Newport when he played FOR them last season but that's how the regional set up works. Keys are a strong side but, if any of the players are on the Dragons books you could see them playing for Bedwas or Newport against keys at any time in the future.
[quote][p][bold]dalesman1666[/bold] wrote: euwan usami sounds like a nice welsh name. one question Wheres your next win gonna come from or are you not bothered due to no relegation. The only thing im not sure of is your club ambitions or lack of it.[/p][/quote]Let me help you again; Euwan Usami is an old ID I use and is a little too subtle for some it seems. Say it slowly and see if you can work it out. (clue = your right, it's not a Welsh name). As for club ambitions you probably need to direct questions like that to Sven Cronk. Since the regional changes the clubs are just proving grounds for the region now. I agree I don't think much concern is shown on results. The Dragons sent most of their available talent to Bedwas this season, hence them sitting on top of the league. It's genuinely odd to see Matthew Pewtner playing against Newport when he played FOR them last season but that's how the regional set up works. Keys are a strong side but, if any of the players are on the Dragons books you could see them playing for Bedwas or Newport against keys at any time in the future. Euwan Usami
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12:22am Sun 30 Dec 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

I thought the regional players were assigned to a specific club at the start of the season to keep the Premiership honest. They aren't interchangeable or has anything changed on competition in the Remiership.
I thought the regional players were assigned to a specific club at the start of the season to keep the Premiership honest. They aren't interchangeable or has anything changed on competition in the Remiership. Robert Shillabeer
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1:47am Sun 30 Dec 12

Euwan Usami says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
I thought the regional players were assigned to a specific club at the start of the season to keep the Premiership honest. They aren't interchangeable or has anything changed on competition in the Remiership.
I am sure that's correct yes but they do get moved from one season to the next as with Mathew. This can seem a little odd from a club point of view but it's all about the bigger picture of course.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: I thought the regional players were assigned to a specific club at the start of the season to keep the Premiership honest. They aren't interchangeable or has anything changed on competition in the Remiership.[/p][/quote]I am sure that's correct yes but they do get moved from one season to the next as with Mathew. This can seem a little odd from a club point of view but it's all about the bigger picture of course. Euwan Usami
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