CROSS Keys director of rugby Jonathan Westwood says his side will be wary of the wounded Wizards of Aberavon when they host them at Pandy Park tomorrow.
The Talbot Athletic Ground side have been one of the Premiership’s elite teams in recent years but things aren’t exactly going to plan for them this season.
Two defeats from two – a narrow opening day home loss to Newport and a thumping away at neighbours Swansea last weekend – see Aberavon propping up the table with only Cardiff below them.
“Aberavon are seasoned campaigners and they rarely lose two games on the bounce – I’d like to know the last time they lost three in a row,” said Westwood.
“They will be looking for a big improvement this weekend.
“They were unlucky to lose to Newport but they won’t be pleased with what happened at Swansea.”
This is also a big game for Keys who will look to build on last Saturday’s encouraging 35-15 bonus point win over Bridgend while juggling with a crippling injury list.
Talismanic centre Leon Andrews is their latest casualty after picking up a knee injury in that home victory over the Ravens, although he is likely to be absent for weeks rather than months.
Keys are still missing lock and back rower Tom Lampard (ankle), wings Kristian Baller and Marcus Johnstone (both knee), props Marc Jones (ribs) and Anthony Lott (Achilles), scrum half Rhys Dyer (knee) and centres Luke Williams (virus) and Phil Williams (shoulder).
For Keys, tomorrow’s clash will be their third home game in a row with next Wednesday’s trip to Swansea their first away fixture of the season.
They lost their first match heavily to Pontypridd before the redemption of last week’s convincing victory gave them belief again.
Westwood insists it’s important to consolidate: “The win over Bridgend was a big improvement but the game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested.
“We need to build on that and it’s very important to win your home games.”