Cross Keys ‘stop the rot’ and grind out a vi­tal win

Cynon Valley - - RUGBY UNION -

MARK Prangell ad­mit­ted he was more in­ter­ested in points than a per­for­mance as Cross Keys edged to a nar­row vic­tory over Bargoed at Pandy Park. Three swings of the foot were all that sep­a­rated the two sides as Josh Prosser kicked three penal­ties, two of them com­ing in the sec­ond half.

Hav­ing lost their last two league games and been dumped out of the Na­tional Cup 14-13 by Llan­dovery in mid­week, team man­ager Prangell was ea­ger for Keys to stop the rot and that’s ex­actly what they did.

Bargoed had also lost in the cup in mid­week, thrashed 26-3 by visi­tors Ebbw Vale.

“To­day was all about the re­sult,” said Prangell.

“We’ve lost three and it wasn’t about per­for­mance to­day, it was about get­ting the win. I don’t think the con­di­tions suited us, I think they suited Bargoed more and that’s what kept them in the hunt.

“It’s easy to say now af­ter a 9-0 win but for 80 min­utes we were to­tally in con­trol, no panic at all, and we had a cou­ple of young­sters on and we saw how they per­formed.

“It was hard to get ter­ri­tory with kick­ing con­di­tions as they were and to run on the field was hard work. In other games we have lost con­trol, our dis­ci­pline has gone. If you can im­prove on some­thing in the game and there are more pos­i­tives than neg­a­tives, then the coaches will be happy with that.

“We now move on to RGC 1404 and Llanelli, with two games in four days.”

Cross Keys Pens: J Prosser (3).

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