Keys primed for must-win home clash with Llanelli
CROSS KEYS v LLANELLI
CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods labels his side’s showdown with Llanelli at Pandy Park as a “must-win game” with potentially far-reaching repercussions.
Tomorrow’s intriguing encounter pits fifth-placed Keys against the third in the table visitors with only a point separating the two.
The hosts go into the game on a high after impressive back to back league wins.
Swansea were annihilated 48-0 at the end of November and Newport were swept aside 29-9 on December 27’s Christmas fixture.
But Anthony Buchanan’s men are on a real roll, winning seven of their last eight matches in all competitions and unbeaten in the league since early October.
Woods said: “It was a fantastic performance against Newport – I think the score flattered them a bit – I can’t remember them attacking our 22.
“This weekend’s match is a massive game for us and one that could have a huge bearing on the season.
“The pressure is all on us and it’s a must-win game for our play-off hopes.
“Ten points from our last two league games is just the type of form you want to take into tomorrow’s match, but it’s going to be tough against Llanelli.”
Woods was a spectator when the Parc y Scarlets side beat their big rivals Swansea 28-24 at home on December 29.
“Llanelli were comfortable winners and although Swansea came back, it never looked as if they would lose – but they didn’t get a bonus point win,” he said.
Keys will also be looking to avenge their earlier 12-6 defeat to Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets in late September.
Although they gained a losing bonus point that day and nearly pulled off a shock win, they were completely outplayed by the West Walians that day.
Keys have been something of a bogey side for Llanelli in recent years – certainly at Pandy Park – and completed the treble over them last season with a league double and a comprehensive 32-8 British and Irish Cup quarter-final victory.
The hosts will be without winger Krisitan Baller who injured his knee early in last week’s victory over the Black and Ambers.
Dorian Jones will be looking to carry on his fine form, the outside half scoring 12 points against Newport thanks to a fine try, two conversions and a penalty.