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    Now_we_go wrote:
    Guys, I'm not going to name players but everyone in Welsh Premiership rugby knows Keys have a thuggish reputation. I could name names but don't want to be sued. I still can't believe your condoning Peebles. If it were a 'one off' incident I would say yes, harsh, but Keys for years go around beating, kicking, fighting their way to wining matches. Whether you like it or not they are facts!! Look at the disciplinary record for gods sake. P.s I know someone close to the action within Keys and they told me so much different as what was reported in the press regarding the quinnell incident. Try playing some rugby...thought not as you would be down the bottom end of the WPL if you did. Keys only know one way.
    Sound like a bitter rival supporter,. If u watched crosskeys on a regular basis you would see the young talented future players coming through! For example the MOM for Wales under 20's Scott Matthews. They are not 4th in the table for no reason. As for the sentence for rhys, if we are going to give 12 month sentences for every punch landed on the premiership there would be no players left at the end of the season. That's not to say I condone the actions of rhys. I think any sentence needs to be proportionate to the crime and in this case it certainly is not, there are people out there serving manslaughter sentences who have got less."
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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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