Intensity key for Woods

BACK AT 10: Cross Keys will shift Dragons star Steffan Jones to fly-half

BACK AT 10: Cross Keys will shift Dragons star Steffan Jones to fly-half

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CROSS Keys have been told that they mustn’t allow their intensity to slip in tonight’s Premiership encounter with Swansea at Pandy Park.

Fifth-placed Keys head into the game fresh from a pair of impressive performances that saw them beat previously unbeaten Llandovery and cruelly beaten late on by in-form Pontypridd last Friday.

Swansea, meanwhile, are propping up the table thanks to a hideous run of nine league defeats on the bounce, the latest a 16-14 home loss to Neath.

But Keys head coach Greg Woods expects his charges to fly into the All Whites in the same manner as they did at Ponty, when late scores meant they didn’t even earn a bonus point.

“I watched the footage of Swansea’s game against Neath and they were very unlucky,” he said.

“They will be coming here with real hunger for the win and we cannot afford to let our standards slip or we will be caught cold.

“I’m really pleased with how we played against both Llandovery and Pontypridd, we’ve been able to field a settled side and it feels like we have turned the corner.

“Our intensity and physicality caused Ponty problems and not too many sides do that but it was the same old story with penalties costing us.

“We need to be more discipllined but other than that I want more of the same, for the boys to play with intensity and dominate the gain line.”

Keys will move Newport Gwent Dragons’ Steffan Jones back to fly-half after he played at full-back at Ponty.

However, they were hit by a double injury whammy at Sardis Road when winger Elliott Jones suffered a broken ankle and hooker/back row forward Jamie Sollis needed 12 stitches in a nasty gash on his leg.

Cross Keys: G David, K Baller, L Andrews, A James, L Williams, S Jones, R Dyer, R Cornock, G Price, A Lott, D Hodge, O Hodge, T Lampard, R Nash (captain), A Powell. Replacements: G Horrigan, C Gould, S Higgins, S Matthews, R James, D Jones, D Gunter.

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