Greg Woods' praise for 'excellent' new boys
CROSS Keys head coach Greg Woods saluted his forwards and paid tribute to two new players – Darren Hughes and Reuben Tucker – for their stellar performances in their latest win.
Hooker Hughes, who signed from Newbridge, and ex-Cardiff blindside flanker Tucker were outstanding in the Pandy Park side’s hard-earned 20-15 victory over Bridgend on the weekend.
It saw Keys triumph for the third time in a row, backing up British and Irish Cup successes over Moseley and Ealing, with Swansea up next at home in the Principality Premiership on Saturday.
And while Woods was the first to admit his troops aren’t playing at their full potential after the Bridgend game, he believes there is plenty to positive about.
“I’d give that performance five out of ten,” he said. “But we’ve got a solid foundation – our lineout is functioning superbly, I think defensively we are good. Solid foundations give you something to build on.
“That was one for the forwards because our scrum and lineout were superb.”
Woods added: “I thought Darren and Reuben were outstanding. They had two weeks on the sidelines in the British and Irish Cup and they came in against Bridgend and carried us over the finishing line.
“They were both excellent and (lock) Ollie Hodge played well. They are the boys who haven’t had good selections so far this season, so I’m really pleased with them.”
Woods is just happy to be winning at a time when the performances aren’t complete, Keys again allowing a side back into the game on Saturday when they had Bridgend on the canvas, leading 20-5 early in the second half.
There were similar stories against Moseley, who they beat 20-16 after leading 20-3 at half-time, and Ealing, who they saw off 24-15 after cruising at one stage to a 24-5 advantage.
“It’s just about getting us to click really,” he said. “We’ve just got to keep picking up points in the league, and that’s what we are doing.
“It’s strange, we are winning but we’re not playing well. No win in this Premiership is easy.
“We’ve played four pre-season friendly games, two in the British and Irish Cup and five in the league and we’ve only lost twice – we’re not having a bad season are we?”
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