Bedwas No 8 Dan Crimmins on the charge against Cross Keys.
Two second half tries clinched a hard fought 13-8 victory for Cross Keys against Bedwas in a Principality Premiership clash last night.
With just two games remaining Cross Keys have now moved to third place in the points table to edge Llandovery down to fourth spot.
Bedwas took the game to their hosts from the start but could not penetrate a well organised defence. Powell had an opportunity to put Bedwas ahead on six minutes but his penalty hit a post and rebounded to be safely cleared.
Bedwas continued to dominate possession and finally Powell found his range with a 40 metre penalty in front of the posts.
Both sides had opportunities but neither could muster up a telling pass to put a colleague in for a try.
Bedwas No 8 Dan Crimmins was sent to the sin bin after 33 minutes for reckless use of the boot but Keys could not make the extra man count and the interval came with Bedwas holding onto a slender three points to nil advantage.
The second half started much the same as the first had ended with both sides looking for what would be a decisive try. It finally came after 45 minutes when Keys' Elliot Jones ran in, Angus O'Brien missing the conversion although he made amends 11 minutes later when he slotted a penalty after Bedwas were penalised at a scrum.
Keys centre Phil Williams crossed for his side's second try after 61 minutes again unconverted before Bedwas replacement hooker Richard Wilkes broke through two tackles to cross out wide. Powell's conversion attempt sailed wide.
Bedwas upped the ante but opportunities were limited by wrong options or poor execution. The Keys defence held firm and Bedwas had to settle for a losing bonus point.
Bedwas complete their home fixtures for the 2013-2014 season on Easter Saturday when Bridgend Ravens are the visitors, kick off 2-30pm.
The Welsh Rugby Union has signed a new four year deal with specialist equipment supplier Rhino Rugby, which is set to benefit both the grass roots game in Wales and the national squad in equal measure.
We watch the new grass growing and being stitched together in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We speak to Millennium Stadium groundsman Lee Evans, Wales great Ieuan Evans gives an overview on the new strategy announced by head of rugby Josh Lewsey, while we also hear from Bedwas, Aberavon and Carmarthen Quins in the Principality Premiership.
Wales assistant coach Rob Howley was welcomed with open arms by the staff and players at Crymych recently when he hosted a training session in memory of former club captain and coach, Glyndwr Richards.
We hear about the WRU's annual report and some exciting new plans for schools and clubs round Wales in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. WRU finance director Steve Phillips explains the money side, while head of rugby Josh Lewsey explains his new strategy for schools and clubs. We also get reaction from all round Wales.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a nationwide education programme, to help all involved in the game to recognise and remove' players with concussion. Wales, Racing Metro and Lions centre Jamie Roberts Wales assistant coach Rob Howley, WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey and representatives of grassroots clubs in Wales who helped finalise the policy. We also hear from WRU National Medical Manager Prav Mathema, plus Llanelli and Cardiff in the Principality Premiership.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a nationwide education programme, to help all involved in the game to recognise and remove' players with concussion. Wales, Racing Metro and Lions centre Jamie Roberts took time out of his club commitments to raise the profile of the campaign launch held at Pontyclun Rugby Club.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a nationwide education programme, to help all involved in the game to recognise and remove' players with concussion. Interview with WRU National Medical Manager Prav Mathema.
The WRU's Women and Girls legacy events - #TRY OUR GAME have proved popular this week with current players and newcomers to the game learning new skills and picking up tips from national squad players.
We caught up with Shona and Ellie from the Wales women team ahead of the start of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris next month at a recent women's training session to encourage and promote more women and girls to try their hand at rugby. #tryourgame
We hear from the Wales camps in South Africa and New Zealand, as well as the EGM, in this week's principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. Defence coach Shaun Edwards and forwards coach Robin McBryde look ahead to the Springboks, Angus O'Brien and Mark Taylor look back at heartbreak for Wales Under 20s, while group chief executive Roger Lewis and chairman David Pickering face the Welsh press after being vindicated at the EGM.
Newport are certainly having an indifferent season so far and having gone close in a number of matches they have only two league wins to their name as they prepare to face Neath tomorrow afternoon (KO 1.30pm)