Westwood is wary despite Aberavon’s atrocious form
ABERAVON v CROSS KEYS (Tomorrow, KO 2.30)
CROSS Keys director of rugby Jonathan Westwood said his side will not be taking Aberavon lightly this weekend despite the Wizards’ appalling season so far.
The men from the Talbot Athletic Ground are usually one of the Premiership’s potent forces.
But this campaign has turned into something of a nightmare for them.
Simon King’s side have won just once – against league leaders Bedwas late September – and lost 13 and drawn one of their 15 games in all competitions.
Last weekend the famous club were battered 59-0 away by Plymouth in the British and Irish Cup.
Keys travel to Aberavon on the back of a 31-16 defeat at Athlone against Connacht A in the same competition.
But the visitors will be the favourites to take the spoils as they aim to keep up with the Premiership’s chasing pack.
But Keys certainly aren’t getting ahead of themselves and have plenty of respect for Aberavon.
“We are very focussed going into this important game, the start of our block of three matches with Newport and Llanelli up next,” Westwood said.
“Aberavon certainly aren’t having the season they would have planned but they are too good a side for their poor run to continue “They have been competitive in so many of their games this season and are due a win soon – I’m just hoping it’s not against us this weekend.
“They have a very experienced coaching set-up and I’m sure they will turn things around.”
Keys certainly have injury worries to keep them occupied with Tom Lampard, Adam Powell, Rhys Peebles, Jamie Sollis, Rhys Dyer, Phil Williams, Leon Andrews, Nathan Williams, Kristian Baller, Nathan Trowbridge, Elliott Jones and Luke Ford all on the list.
The Pandy Park side will be hoping that some of those players though will be fit for action tomorrow.
The Newport Gwent Dragons provide Keys with loosehead prop Nathan Williams for this weekend, Richard Cornock likely to be rested ahead of the club’s big home Christmas derby clash with the Black and Ambers on Thursday, December 27, kick-off 7.15pm.