Blue & Blacks have to cut out the er­rors, says coach Law

South Wales Echo - - SPORT -

CARDIFF will at­tempt to avoid a third straight league de­feat against Cross Keys.

The Blue and Blacks were pum­melled at home by RGC be­fore going down 31-27 at Bed­was last time out.

“Last week’s game was a huge dis­ap­point­ment,” said head coach Steve Law.

“We were masters of our own down­fall.

“The er­ror count was huge and, when we even­tu­ally did get our­selves into a po­si­tion to win the game with a few min­utes to go, an­other mis­take al­lowed Bed­was to score what was the win­ning try.

“We will be look­ing to put that right at Pandy Park but are aware that it’s not an easy place to go and win.”

Else­where, RGC 1404 head coach Mark Jones is pleased to have been given a se­lec­tion headache as his side gear up for this af­ter­noon’s tele­vised Prin­ci­pal­ity Pre­mier­ship clash with Bed­was in Col­wyn Bay.

The Gogs go into the lat­est round of fix­tures third in the ta­ble and eight points be­hind lead­ers Merthyr with six to play.

Their ti­tle hopes were dented by de­feat at Pon­typridd last Satur­day although, with RGC still to host Merthyr on May 5, it is by no means a done deal in terms of the ti­tle just yet.

How­ever, vic­tory today is vi­tal in keep­ing those hopes alive with the game live on S4C, kick-off 4pm.

The re­turn of fly-half Danny Cross from in­jury – added with his im­pres­sive form – has given chief Jones

food for thought when it comes to team se­lec­tion.

He said: “Danny missed the early part of the sea­son with in­jury, but it is great to have him back and it adds that depth to the squad as he can play in a few po­si­tions.

“Ja­cob Bot­ica didn’t have his best game against Pon­typridd, which hap­pens to all play­ers and we have Danny putting the pres­sure on to start as well – so I have some choices to make.

“Danny can also of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent, so if we need to change up our play then he give us that op­tion in a num­ber po­si­tions.”

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Merthyr are cer­tainly now in the box seat to re­tain the ti­tle and will be hop­ing to pick up an­other vi­tal win on the road today as they head to St He­len’s to face Swansea (2.30pm).

The Iron­men have a seven-point ad­van­tage at the top over sec­ond­placed Car­marthen Quins, although the west Walians have played a game more than both Merthyr and RGC.

Richard Kelly’s Quins side will look to keep their fad­ing ti­tle hopes alive with a home vic­tory over New­port.

In other ac­tion, Neath – buoyed by their win at Swansea last Satur­day – will hope to back that up at Llanelli where skip­per Jor­dan Col­lier will be mak­ing his 100th ap­pear­ance for the Welsh All Blacks.

Brid­gend Ravens visit Church Bank look­ing to record their first vic­tory over Llan­dovery since 2008, with Aber­avon en­ter­tain­ing Pon­typridd and Bar­goed host­ing Ebbw Vale.

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