In-form Keys bidding for three on the spin

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

CROSS Keys coach Mark Ring believes his side can win their third game on the trot tomorrow night and continue their title challenge but admits he is very wary of Swansea’s All Whites.

Keys travel to St Helen’s for their first away tussle of the season on a high after two successive convincing bonus point wins at home over Bridgend and Aberavon.

Swansea have had a mixed start to their campaign, losing heavily at Bedwas on Saturday and at Neath on the opening day of the season, but remain unbeaten at home following their 32-13 demolition of local rivals Aberavon.

Keys are understood to only be considering making a few changes from the side which beat the Wizards 37-11 on Saturday as they look to build on their early momentum. On tomorrow night’s challenge and Keys’ desire to stretch their winning streak, backs coach Ring said: “To be in the frame for winning the league title you can’t lose more than six matches in a season and we’ve got to keep picking up the wins.

“We’ve got a lot of respect for Swansea and if they can front up, their backs can be a handful for anybody.

“But we are confident our back line won’t get run over and as long as our forwards don’t over commit to the rucks and mauls, we will be very much in the mix.”

Keys scrum half Rhys Dyer could make his comeback tomorrow night as he recovers from a knee injury suffered in the Swalec Cup final.

Highly rated former Cardiff Blues Academy back Elliot Jones could make his first start for the club after coming on as a replacement three times this season.

The 5ft 9in and 12st 8lb 20-year-old wing is someone who Ring sees as having enormous potential.

He said: “Elliot has a huge future in the game and needs the opportunity of having a big game after coming back from a serious broken leg last season. He’s got serious gas.”

Ring also praised another 20-year-old in scrum half Jonathan Lewis who made his first start for Keys against Aberavon.

“He’s another player with a massive future and he gained some invaluable experience at the weekend,” he said.

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