Cross Keys
2007/2008 Principality Premiership
Cross Keys 10 v 14 Newport
22 March 2008 - Pandy Park, Cross Keys

Match Report

Cross Keys 10 Newport 14 (HT:3-11)

Newport were in control for most of this somewhat quite derby game playing with the strong gusting wind in the first half. There were a surprising number of handling errors by both sides and turn-overs cost Newport the chance to put more points on the board. Dan Griffiths put Newport ahead after 6 mins with a well-taken penalty after calmly replacing the ball when the wind blew it off the tee with the Cross Keys players charging! Many spectators wondered what referee Phil Connett’s decision would have been if Griffiths had missed the kick. Dragons player Aled Thomas replied on 11 mins for the Keys. Newport No 11 playing on the right wing broke down the right flank and was well tackled by fullback Leon Andrews, but the ball was quickly recycled and young lock Adam Frampton picked up and stole down the blindside from 20 yards for a fine opportunist’s try.  Newport continued to have the upper hand but Keys flanker Tom Lampard took a quick tap penalty inside his own half and moved the ball to Aled Thomas who kicked on for winger Marcus Johnstone, who knocked on when trying to gather. On 33 mins Dan Griffiths kicked another penalty for a HT lead of 11-3 with Newport supporters wondering whether or not this would be sufficient having to play the 2nd half against the gusting wind. Not for the first time this season have Newport failed to take best advantage of the elements.                                                        

Dan Griffiths added his 3rd penalty on 43mins to become the first ever Newport player to pass 1200pts and a minute later Keys flanker Tom Lampard was yellow-carded for killing the ball. Dragons player Gareth Wyatt playing at fullback for Newport always looked dangerous and it is a pity that he was not more used. He spotted a gap on halfway and traded passes with Scott Williams before producing a lovely offload that put Brown on the charge, Keys ending his run 2yds short. Keys replacement scrum-half James Leadbetter looked lively but it always looked like a Newport win. However on 80mins Keys scored against the run of play with a move from their half with a suspicion of a forward pass which eventually ended with replacement lock Adam Sweet fend off Newport tackles to offload to Andrews for a converted score. Keys then laid siege to the Newport line. At one stage the  ball was spun wide right and Sweet put Carl Pocock in the clear only for the wing to lose his footing and for Keys to lose their chance with referee Connett blowing up on 87mins                                                                                                                                                                               


Official : Phil Connett (Wales)

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