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    ValleyBoyo84 wrote:
    There are so many pathetic pointless comments being made here by seemingly clueless clowns I have given in and feel the need to add my points.
    1. People (namely Now_we_go) quoting the Quinnell incident. This has been proved to be a tragic accident it has no relation to this what so ever. Maybe sometimes not even a families name or reputation can stop the truth from prevailing. The 2 more famous Quinnell brothers, particularly Craig were not exactly angels in their playing days were they. Perhaps you could ask your 'someone close to the action' why nothing was done during the game if they knew something had gone on. There was simply no reaction from anyone on the pitch from either side!
    2. People have quoted Keys as being thuggish and only needing to look at their disciplinary record, just how many of these yellow or red cards several of you talk of were related to 'thuggish' behaviour, perhaps someone could enlighten me, if you know so much.
    3. The Cross Keys supporters commenting on this, myself included are not condoning what Rhys has done but are defending their clubs reputation and also expressing their opinion that the sentence is way over the top.
    4. The Cardiff v Cross Keys fixture was a particularly bad tempered affair and the brawl at the end of the game, was sadly always likely to happen given the lack of control shown by the match officials during several other 'dust-ups'.
    5. When the incident was first bought to light by the argus, who continue to do all they can to run other clubs down, aside from everyone's friends from the big 'city', a tweet sent by the victim was quoted. Funny how the argus failed to mention this was a tweet sent in reply to another present Keys player who simply enquired as to how the victim was feeling. Also they fail to mention that one of their journalists contacted the victim on twitter for information, funny how they did not contact Cross Keys for any information.
    6. It's too easy to tar everyone with the same brush when something like this happens but there are always 2 sides to every story and Keys supporters have as much right to defend their club and players. Perhaps the Ponty supporter(s) on here would one day like to watch rugby with both eyes open and see that no club including their own is perfect.
    7. I reiterate that no-one condones what Rhys has done but simply feels the sentence is unduly harsh. If this happens everytime a player receives treatment following a fight then RIP Rugby.
    Maybe the sentence is harsh but some of the comments on this page saying that an assault causing a serious injury is ok just because its on a rugby pitch shows the underlying problem. Anyone that thinks that, sadly including some players, are living in the past and seriously deluding themselves about the laws of the land.

    If you throw a punch on or off the pitch and cause a serious injury then you can expect a day in court. Rhys is certainly not the first."
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Cross Keys rugby player Rhys Peebles jailed for punching opponent after match

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A CROSS Keys rugby player has been jailed for a year after a punch he threw during a “huge” end-of-game brawl left a fellow player in need of 28 stitches.

Back row forward Rhys Peebles, 30, was sentenced for malicious wounding and inflicting grievous bodily harm at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday.

The incident took place on November 29 last year, during the dying minutes of the Principality Premiership away game against Cardiff RFC at Cardiff Arms Park.

Callum Lewis, from Merthyr, was left with a nasty cut below his eye and only returned to action last week, said a Cardiff RFC spokesman after the hearing.

In mitigation, Jonathan Wellington said Peebles, who was sent off for throwing the punch, had lashed out “in the heat of the moment”.

“There was a huge brawl and everything happened so quickly that, in his mind, he thought the other player was moving towards the brawl and he lashed out. Obviously that blow landed.”

Mr Lewis, 20, is said to have made a full recovery and is currently playing for Wales Under-20s.

But Peebles, of Pontywaun, was handed a 12-month custodial sentence on Tuesday and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120.

He pleaded guilty at a preliminary hearing on January 7.

Cross Keys won the game against Cardiff 38-10, to make it six straight competitive wins up to that point.

Peebles, said on the Cross Keys RFC website to be a carpenter, is listed as 6ft 2in tall and weighing 16-and-a-half stones.

He lists past clubs as Abercarn, but has played for Cross Keys since 2005.

His best season came in the 2011/12 campaign when he was on the winning side for 20 out of the 29 games he played, scoring 15 points.

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