12:01am Friday 1st November 2013
IT may only be the first weekend of November but Cross Keys will look to do the double over Swansea at Pandy Park tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm), writes Chris Kirwan.
Keys ran out 19-13 winners when the pair locked horns on the opening weekend of the Premiership season at St Helen's.
It was a performance that left plenty to be desired and head coach Greg Woods believes his side are still yet to hit their straps despite a solid start to the campaign.
Keys head into the game on a three-match winning streak after following British and Irish Cup successes against Moseley and Ealing with a hard-earned 20-15 victory against Bridgend last weekend.
"We've won seven of nine games with our defeats coming against Pontypridd and at Carmarthen Quins – that's pretty good by anybody's standards," he said.
"We have won two Gwent derbies (British and Irish Cup qualifiers against Newport and Bedwas) and beaten two professional sides (Moseley and Ealing).
"It's fair to say that we haven't clicked yet but there are signs of us looking like our old selves.
"We've made plenty of changes to the side week on week and that hasn't helped us in terms of combinations but I believe we will feel the benefit after Christmas."
The Whites were beaten by Cardiff at a blustery Arms Park last Sunday and will be nervously looking over their shoulder.
They sit in 10th place, just two points above cellar dwellers Aberavon with the bottom club set to face the drop given that Ebbw Vale appear to be romping to the Championship title.
"Swansea can be a dangerous side and they will fight for every point but we are at home and need to finish this first block of fixtures (before a fortnight break for the autumn internationals) with another win," said Woods.
Keys are still without inside centres Phil Williams, Nathan Williams and Aled James so Rhys Jones will be given the number 12 jersey.
Winger Kristian Baller is back in contention after making his comeback following a groin injury for Crawshays against Cambridge University on Wednesday evening.
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