CRUSADERS’ U16s continued their impressive start to the new season with a 30-12 victory over Cadishead Rhinos.
With the rain teaming down at the Queensway Stadium the stage was set for a great game as the young Crusaders went up against Cadishead Rhinos looking to make it three wins in three.
The home side went close to opening the scoring as they passed the ball along the line looking for a gap though the weather put an end to the move as the ball was spilled and knocked on.
A good run from the skipper Matty Allen then put the hosts in a good position to attack. The ball was then shifted out wide for James Clark to cross in the corner.
A strong Crusaders defense met the visitors as they tried to get out of their half only to be pushed over the line. From the resulting scrum the Crusaders attacked and found the line as Centre Dan Smith dived over in the corner after a good offload from prop Brandon Williams to double the lead.
The home sides defense was then called upon again as the visitors tried to run the ball around the line only to be pushed out before they could reach the line. Despite continued efforts the Crusaders couldn’t keep the visitors out much longer as they barged over the line. The conversion took the home sides lead down to two points.
The hosts responded almost immediately as Ryan Jones charged over from 20m and Shaw grabbed his first conversion of the game.
However it didn’t take long before the visitors responded again as they found a gap in the Crusaders’ line to go over and send the teams into the break at Crusaders 14-12 Cadishead.
After a tough start to the second half the home side opened the scoring as Brandon Williams went over and Alfie Matthias converted to extend their lead to eight points.
Late on the home side pressed to extend their lead as James Clark went over for his second of the afternoon after a smart passing move gave him space to finish smartly and put the game out of sight for a tiring Cadishead side.
Then the hosts then scored again as Half Back Izzak Morgan scored a fine individual try and Matthias once again added the extras to bring proceedings to a stop at North Wales Crusaders 30-12 Cadishead Rhinos
Coach Allen Jones was happy with the result but saw room for improvements.
“Cadishead gave us a real tough test today and we came through it well”, he said. “Our defence for the majority of the game was pretty good and we were happy to score six tries shared equally between the pack and the backs.
“However, we still have lots of improvement to make before our next game which will be a very tough one away to Langworthy reds from Swinton.
“We are happy with the group of boys we have and we are also sure that they will do the necessary work in training to make the improvements required”.