NORTH WALES CRUSADERS under 12’s secured back-to-back victories with an impressive 30-12 win over Rylands Tiger Sharks under 12’s in a curtain raiser game prior to the first team’s clash against Coventry.

Report by Allen Jones:

North Wales Crusaders U12s put in another superb all round performance against Warrington based Rylands on Sunday. The Cru boys followed up their stunning debut performance against St Helens with another class showing on Queensway Stadium.

The Crusaders were on their metal from the get go, putting the Rylands team under huge pressure with their aggressive defence and tough tackling. Rylands found it hard to contain the Cru pack which gave the half backs a solid platform to release the back line. At half time the home team had built up an 18 – 0 lead with tries from Greg Thomas, Iwan Hughes and Douglas Maciver with Full Back Hughes adding all three conversions.

The beginning of the second half saw Rylands mount a spirited fightback, but this was met with
brilliant defence from the Crusaders. Time after time they thwarted every threat Rylands posed with some terrific tackling and a real desire to defend their line. Further tries from Tom Himsworth and a second for the relentless Greg Thomas, plus two more conversions from the deadly boot of Iwan Hughes gave the home side a 30 – 12 lead going into the final five minutes.

To their great credit Rylands never gave up and were rewarded with two late converted tries.

However, this was undoubtedly Crusaders’ day. All 18 squad members made a contribution to the outcome, but the overall performances both individual and collectively is what will have pleased the Cru Coaches.

The defence was rock solid for most of the game and the attack has some real threat about it with options on both sides of the field, half backs who are calm and measured in their execution, some real punch in the pack and a full back is a huge threat when the gets the ball.

A mention to the match official, Mr Steve Allen, who controlled the game superbly, always chatting to the boys and explaining his decisions and his handling of the game and the players deserves praise.

Coaches Allen Jones and Rikki Davies were full of praise for the boys. “We have now played two
established North West Counties side in the past two weeks and have put in two super
performances. We are delighted for all the boys, their hard work, determination and skill is evident in the performances they have delivered. They play with a smile on their faces and are having fun, which is great to see” said Jones.

“There is still much to improve upon for this relatively new group, which is still growing and getting to grips with Rugby League. However, there is real talent, potential and promise within this group and the future looks very bright going forward.

The Crusaders U12s are still looking for new players, regardless of any rugby experience. School Year 7 and 6 pupils are eligible to join this exciting new team. Contact Head Coach, Allen Jones, for further details on 07738 767272 or via e-mail at [email protected]