Cross Keys still target quarter-finals

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CROSS Keys aim to finish this season’s British and Irish Cup group stages with a bang as they cling on to their faint hopes of making the quarter-finals, writes Iwan Gabe Davies.

Greg Wood’s men travel to Birmingham to face English Championship strugglers Moseley on Saturday knowing that even a bonus point victory may not be enough to see them through to the last eight.

Five points well-earned in a 30-10 victory over Ealing on the weekend has kept Keys in the hunt, but other results will also need to go their way should they get another bonus point win.

The Pandy Park outfit are on 14 points after their five tournament games so far as they target one of two places allocated for the best runners-up out of the six groups.

With competition champions Leinster A the runaway winners of Pool 1, the Gwent side could lose out to teams like Munster, London Welsh and Pontypridd who also have so much to play for on the final weekend.

Woods was delighted with the triumph over bottom Championship side Ealing and outlined his side haven’t given up the ghost yet.

“We played pretty well against Ealing who are a very organised and determined team and we were delighted to get that fourth try,” he said.

“I thought our back row of Phil Sargent (the former Bedwas captain making his Keys debut on the blindside), Scott Matthews and Adam Powell were outstanding as was Reuben Tucker when he came on as well.

“Ryan Lee (another new signing from Newbridge who is a Keys old boy) is a quality back and Dorian Jones controlled the game well at outside-half again.

“We did Gwent proud on Saturday and we are targeting 19 points when we play Moseley on the weekend.

“We came through unscathed with no injuries and the aim now is to finish the group stages on a high in Birmingham on Saturday.”

Keys won a hard fought 20-16 victory over the famous Midlands club when the two met back in October.

Moseley have only won one game in the tournament this season, beating Ealing 33-10 at home, but they pushed Leinster A hard both home and away, going down just 24-22 and 23-13 respectively.

But with their Championship status far from secure, Moseley may not go into the weekend’s clash against the 2012 British and Irish Cup finalists fully loaded with their first choice players.

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