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CROSS KEYS ............... 23 BAR­GOED .................... 34

FOR­MER Dragons No 8 Ieuan Jones says he is hop­ing to help his lo­cal club Bar­goed be­come a top-end Pre­mier­ship side.

The 24-year-old from Aber­bar­goed left Cross Keys over the sum­mer and re­turned to haunt his old club, star­ring in his new team’s ter­rific 34-23 bonus-point victory over them.

The back-rower scored Bar­goed’s open­ing try in their stun­ning tri­umph over a Keys out­fit who came within an ace of top­pling cham­pi­ons Merthyr away on the open­ing day of the sea­son.

The ex­cel­lent vis­i­tors outscored their lo­cal ri­vals by four tries to two, the Rhym­ney Val­ley out­fit’s other points com­ing from touch­downs by open­side Grant Rogers, wing Ash­ley Norton and a penalty try, while their im­pres­sive full-back Matthew Lewis kicked three con­ver­sions and two penal­ties.

For Keys, lock Josh Skin­ner and wing Joe Good­child bagged two fine tries which Josh Prosser con­verted, the fly-half also adding two penal­ties, while Dragons full­back Carl Meyer put over a mon­ster from in­side his own half.

Jones, who also had spells with Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys, said: “The top teams in the Pre­mier­ship have to play for the full 80 min­utes and that’s what we are aim­ing to do.

“That’s what Bar­goed have to learn after com­ing up from the Cham­pi­onship and I’m so pleased we got the win.

“We made too many mis­takes in the de­feat to Ebbw Vale last week, but that was much bet­ter.

“It was a tough de­ci­sion to leave Keys but I’m happy to be here at Bar­goed and I’m hop­ing to help push the club so that they are in top half of the Pre­mier­ship.”

Asked if he har­bours an am­bi­tion to be a full-time pro­fes­sional player again, he said: “I have been out of it for a few years. If it comes, it comes.”

Keys team man­ager Mark Pran­gle said: “Bar­goed were im­pres­sive and a much bet­ter side than they were last sea­son and will only get bet­ter.”

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