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31 March 2019 / Club News

Cross Keys 28 Merthyr 53

HAT TRICK HARRI IS IRONMEN HERO

CROSS KEYS 28 MERTHYR 53(Saturday 30th March 19 at Pandy Park).

After Cardiff getting a bonus point on Friday night in their win over Bridgend, which saw them go to the top of the premiership it was important that the Ironmen responded in their quest to retain the premiership league title, and they had wingman Harry Davies to thank as he raced over for three tries, in a nine-try spree which saw the ironmen go back to the summit and remain 2 points clear of rivals Cardiff.  It was perfect playing conditions at Pandy Park with bright sunshine, and although the Ironmen were not at their best it was still good enough to score a half-century. Merthyr opened the scoring from a driving lineout near the Cross Keys line which saw back row man Jake Thomas crash over, Powell going wide with the kick. This was shorted lived as, from their first attack Cross Keys drew level after a well-worked try from number 8 Garin Price, outside half Botica, converted to give the home side a 7-5 lead. At this stage, it was an even contest, but it didn’t last as Merthyr piled on the pressure to run in four unanswered tries before half time. A neat backline move saw center Adam Thomas touch down and with Powell converting Merthyr got back into the lead 7-12. Hooker Dwyer was soon on the score sheet as the Merthyr forwards began to take control and drive Cross Keys back at the set piece. There was still time for the bonus point to arrive before half time with a brace of tries from wingman Davies. Keys were struggling with the constant pressure out wide and the giant wing made the most of his chances as he raced over in the corner for his two tries to give the Ironmen a 7-27 lead at half time. As the second half began Cross Keys responded with a well-worked try from hooker Ellis Shipp converted by Botica. The revival didn't last long as from the next scrum number 8 Phil Rees broke to find scrum half Hoskins in space who raced away. Replacement hooker Sam Evans was next on the score sheet as he raced onto an inside ball near the Keys line, Replacement outside half Davies converted, and Merthyr had stretched their lead 14-39. Credit to Keys they kept on playing and were rewarded when full-back Penny took a quick tap penalty to race away, Botica converted for a 21-39 score. As the game began to open up as Keys had to go to passive scums wingman Kyle Evans raced up the field and when he was held up short, his fellow wingman Davies was on hand to race in for his third try, Davies converted. Cross keys did manage to get a bonus losing bonus point late on as home skipper Damian Welch found gaps in the Merthyr defense, Botica converted, but it was Merthyr who had the last say as from the last play of the game the ball was moved wide and found prop James Howe in space who showed his pace and speed to race in for the try, Davies converted and Merthyr run out worthy winners 28-53. The win keeps the ironmen 2 points clear at the top of the premiership, but they know they will need to play a lot better if they are to retain their Premiership crown. This weekend they turn their attention to the WRU cup semi-final when they play unbeaten Championship side Pontypool at Ebbw Vale kick off 5:30 pm.

MERTHYR, 15 J MARTIN,14 K EVANS,13 A PINCHES,12 A THOMAS,11 H DAVIES,10 R POWELL, 9 A HOSKINS,1 L JONES,2 M DWYER,3 J REES, 4 B MURPHY,5 C LOCKE© 6 A MURPHY, 7 J THOMAS, 8 P REES, 16 S EVANS,17 J HOWE,18 L OWEN, 19 H BARNES,20 J DAVIES,21 R DOWNES,22 G DAVIES, 23 J WILLIAMS.

Scorers, H Davies 3t, M Dwyer 1t, A Hoskins 1t, J Thomas 1t, A Thomas 1t, J Howe 1t, S Evans 1t, R Powell 1c, G Davies 3c

Referee Aaron Parry(Pontypool).   

 

 

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