What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports:
Cross Keys got to their second Cup final in three years when they won a real thriller of a semi-final at Neath.
Keys have happy memories of the 2012 final when they beat hot favourites Pontypridd 32-19 – three tries to one - and will now face those same opponents and Cup holders in the Millennium Stadium on Sunday May 4.
The Drovers outscored them four tries to three but a failure to hang on to possession was to cost them dearly and on the run of play Keys just about deserved the win. Their forwards were stronger in the collision area where they often robbed the ball from their opponents but either side could have won a hard fought and entertaining game which gave the 1000 strong crowd good value for their money.
Keys had a great start with a try after just two minutes when, from a scrum five, scrum half Ryan James put wing James Cordy-Redden in at the corner and they came close to another try a minute later after wing Nathan Trowbridge had counter attacked.
The Drovers looked jittery and, when scrum half Lee Rees knocked on under his posts, Keys won the resulting scrum and then a penalty to give fly half Dorian Jones an easy three points. It was all Keys in the first quarter but the Drovers got three points back at the end of their first real attack when fly half James Garland kicked an angled penalty in the 20th minute.
The Gwent men were tighter and stronger up front but were rocked back when Llandovery scored an excellent try after 25 minutes. Full back Mike Evans launched an attack from half way and, although centre Craig Woodall was collared on the right, the ball was quickly spread left to allow skipper and flanker Phil Day to go over unopposed. Garland added the conversion for a 10-8 lead but it did not last long.
Rees was caught in possession near his line and when his forwards were penalised at the ruck, Jones duly despatched the penalty. Full back Evans was then penalised for holding on in the tackle only for Jones to let the Drovers off the hook when he pushed his 40 metre penalty wide.
Some poor decision making and appalling defence then let in Keys skipper Leon Andrews for the easiest of tries. Llandovery lost possession on their own 22 and from a standing start Andrews weaved and jinked his way through three feckless tackles to go in under the posts, Jones adding the extras for a deserved 18-10 interval lead.
The Drovers started the second half off with a bang when quick passing along the line let Woodall dummy his way over wide out.
Keys refused a kickable penalty to go for the lineout and it nearly paid off, scrum half Rhys Dyer denied by a great tackle from lock Llew Jones. Dorian Jones kicked his third penalty to keep his side 21-15 up and, with Llandovery unable to keep their possession for any length of time, Keys went further ahead with another Jones penalty.
The Drovers would not lie down and a lineout drive fashioned a try for burrowing hooker Luke Lewis with a quarter of an hour left. It was all Llandovery now but Keys defended for their lives at close range lineouts.
Keys booked their place for the final when replacement wing Elliott Jones chipped ahead and won the race for the touchdown in injury time and a converted try from Garland in the last action of the game was too late to save the Drovers.