Debu­tant stars for Keys as they end win­less run

The Rugby Paper - - Principality Premiership - By JAY BAYFORD Star man Ja­cob Bot­ica - Cross Keys

CROSS Keys shocked Llan­dovery at Pandy Park to record their first vic­tory in ten games.

Debu­tant Ja­cob Bot­ica was in­flu­en­tial as he kicked two con­ver­sions and four penal­ties to guide them to a much-needed league win.

They made a promis­ing start with Dan Ba­bos al­most bag­ging an early try.

De­spite miss­ing out on the points, they re­mained pos­i­tive and even­tu­ally took the lead through the boot of Bot­ica, who claimed 315 points for RGC 1404 in the Prin­ci­pal­ity Premier­ship last sea­son.

That gave them con­fi­dence and they con­tin­ued to push for­ward be­fore be­ing re­warded on 21 min­utes when Wes Cun­liffe was played into space down the left wing.

Bot­ica added the con­ver­sion and a sec­ond penalty to give Keys a 13-0 lead, but a last-gasp Jack May­nard three-poin­ter en­sured Llan­dovery got points on the board be­fore the break.

The visi­tors al­most made a dream start to the sec­ond half but with plenty of play­ers for­ward, Sr­dan Ma­j­kic in­ter­cepted a pass and set up Dan Ba­bos for Keys’ sec­ond try of the game. Bot­ica con­verted.

Llan­dovery did man­age to break Keys’ re­sis­tance with their first try of the game com­ing from Be­rian Watkins, with May­nard adding the ex­tras.

Bot­ica kept Keys just out of sight with an­other two penal­ties, which sealed the win, de­spite a late May­nard penalty and Corey Bald­win try for the visi­tors.

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