As the song goes 'its not how you start, its how you finnish," was blown out of the water, at Pandy Park in the Quarter-final of the British and Irish Cup.
Within the first 20 minutes, former Bargoed RFC outside half Steffan Jones scored two tries and conversions plus a fine 45 metre penalty, running the show, ably assisted by the destructive back-row of Peebles, Nash and Groves.
Llanelli could only muster a penalty from talented 18 year old Jordan Williams who probably had his biggest lesson in his rugby development.
Down 17 - 3 at the commencement of the second period, Llanelli needed to go up at least a couple of gears to stay in the game; but when 'the going gets tough, the tough get going," it was again Cross Keys calling all the tunes, responding with another two tries from Hodge and Trowbridge one converted by Jones, who also added a penalty for an unassailable 32 - 3 lead.
Llanelli looked for crumbs of comfort with the introduction of the bench who did bring on some energy, in particular 18 year old Daniel Thomas. Blondie again put in an impressive performance and it would have been great viewing to have seen the battle of the break down between Nash and Thomas had he started.
Llanelli finished the match with a good try from full back Dan Evans but all the plaudits and congratulations go to Cross Keys who deservedly go on to play in the semis of the British and Irish Cup, we wish you well!
In the much wider Llanelli RFC/ Scarlets picture, while on the same night, the injury savaged Scarlets pulled off an excellent away win against Castries in the European Cup the development of young players continued in the sticky mud of Pandy Park in the British and irish Cup.
Rugby development is not a simple process and the result and more disappointingly the performance was simply not good enough ! more lessons will have been learnt ,so sympathetically you could say it was 'another 'brick in the wall"
Cross Keys 32 - 8 Llanelli