Cross Keys wary of 'dangerous' Ealing
CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods is wary of ‘dangerous animal’ Ealing as he prepares his side for Saturday’s British and Irish Cup clash.
The Pandy Park outfit got off to a great start in the competition after last weekend’s dogged 20-16 victory over a tough Moseley side.
Not they travel to face London team Ealing who are without a win so far this season after a dreadful start to their league and cup campaign.
They have lost four out of four in England’s Championship and were hammered 49-8 by holders Leinster A in their opening British and Irish Cup campaign.
Not only are they losing but they are getting blown away, the average score in each of their five competitive games so far this season is a 53-10 pummelling.
Yet Woods refuses to take them lightly and believes they could be a tough nut to crack this weekend.
“We have spent a lot of time analysing Ealing and we think they are a dangerous animal because they haven’t won in the Championship yet and if I was their head coach I would be targeting this game to get some momentum ready for their next league game,” he said.
“I think they selected a lot of kids to go Leinster so we expect them to play their full first team set-up and we have to make sure we don’t kick-start their season.
“I can imagine them throwing everything at us just like Moseley did in the first ten minutes.” But Keys, who reached the 2012 final, are looking forward to meeting the challenge.
“Our boys are up for it,” Woods said. “You win your first two and you’re right in the mix.
“I think Ealing pose a similar threat to Moseley. They are a big physical team. They do have some quick backs but I think we’ve got to bring the same intensity as we did last weekend to make it a good old-fashioned Wales-England game.”
Keys have been given three senior Newport Gwent Dragons in outside half Steffan Jones, loosehead prop Aaron Coundley, tighthead prop Nathan Buck, as well as a trio of up-and-coming academy prospects in centre Tyler Morgan, fly half Angus O’Brien and openside flanker Scott Matthews for Saturday’s encounter.
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