NW Crusaders Post Match Comments

North Wales Crusaders 24 Coventry Bears 16

Queensway Stadium, Wrexham  

Comments from Head Coach Tom Tsang:  

“Today was close to perfect as preparation for the start of the season. We are obviously very disappointed not to win - and I feel that we should have done exactly that - but the main thing is the performance showed us the areas where we are strong and we need to improve.”

“Crusaders are a quality team and have been tipped to be top 5 or 6 team by many , so to be winning with less than 10 minutes to go bodes well.”

“Add to that we had 4 players on debut, an average age of 20 years and 8 of our players missing due to England Universities trials, and the picture is very positive for us at the moment.”

“The spine of our team - the hooker, two halfbacks and fullback - are all new to The club but already are looking threatening with the ball.”

“But the best thing for me is that we are still only at probably under 50% of what our potential is.”


1 Danny Price
2 Gavin Conroy
3 Lloyd Roby
4 Simon Atherton
5 Rob Massam
6 Steve Roper
7 Ben Stead
8 Brad Brennan
9 Karl Ashall
21 Callum Hazzard
11 Alex Thompson
12 Stephen Wild
13 Kenny Baker
14 Kenny Hughes
15 Sam Walters
16 Joe Connor
18 Dave Eccleston
19 Sam Freeman
20 Calum O’Neill
21 Aled Davies
22 Lewis Fairhurst

Tries: Atherton (4), Baker (18), Massam (37, 70), Roby (74)
Goals: Baker 0/1, Price 2/3
Sin-bin: Atherton (25 – dissent)

1 Elliot Hall
2 Hayden Freeman
3 Kadeem Williams
4 Kameron Pearce-Paul
5 Dante Morley-Samuels
6 Mitchell Shaw
7 Nicholas Newman
8 Ollie Purslow
9 Nathan Conroy
10 Peter Ryan
11 Kieran Sherratt
12 Chris Barratt
13 Will Tully
14 Niall Collett (Debut)
15 Euan Tiernan (Debut)
16 Cameron Stewart
17 Zak Fellows (Debut)
18 Jack O’Sullivan (Debut)
19 Bradley Sheridan

Tries: Hall (10), Conroy (30), Ryan (53)
Goals: Newman 2/3

Referee: Liam Staveley
HT: 14-12
Attendance: 148

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