Cynon Valley - - RUGBY UNION -

BARGOED ...................... 9 CROSSKEYS ................ 25

CROSSKEYS trav­elled to Bargoed look­ing to avenge their home de­feat to the Bulls ear­lier in the sea­son.

A bright start from the home side made for a com­pet­i­tive first half hour rais­ing the crowd’s ex­pec­ta­tions but a dis­ap­point­ing sec­ond-half per­for­mance saw Bargoed slip to an­other de­feat.

For­mer Bargoed favourite Josh Prosser put Keys ahead with a 12thminute penalty and op­po­site num­ber Iain Smer­don replied to make it 3-3 af­ter 15 min­utes.

The Bulls played at­trac­tive rugby with backs and for­wards han­dling well and they en­joyed ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage for much of the first half hour but Crosskeys’ de­fence held out un­til Smer­don slot­ted an­other two penal­ties in the 36th and 38th min­utes.

That was as good as it got for the home side and the tide turned just be­fore half-time when Keys’ open­side Taine Basham latched onto an off­load with Bargoed try­ing to run the ball out of their own 22 in­stead of putting a welly to it. Prosser con­verted and Crosskeys took an un­likely 9-10 lead into the break.

The away side looked fired up from the start of the sec­ond half and de­nied Bargoed any ter­ri­tory or pos­ses­sion from the out­set. Ref­eree Adam Jones had al­ready warned both sides about ruck in­fringe­ments and Bargoed sec­ond row Matthew Thomas was the next cul­prit and off he went for 10 min­utes to re­flect on his mis­de­meanours. Prosser ex­tended the lead from the re­sul­tant penalty to make it 9-13.

Crosskeys wing Matthew Pow­ell took full ad­van­tage of the ex­tra man to score in the cor­ner to take the score to 9-18 on 58 min­utes with Prosser’s con­ver­sion drift­ing wide and Keys wrapped it up with a Joe Good­child try which Prosser con­verted to give Keys a com­fort­able mar­gin with 10 min­utes to go.

Bargoed en­joyed their best spell of the sec­ond half as the clock wound down but couldn’t break down a res­o­lute Crosskeys de­fence and the game ended 9-25.

The Bulls’ coaches will have their work cut out this week as they pre­pare for a tough Fri­day night fix­ture against Cardiff at the Arms Park.

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