NEWS | North Wales Crusaders match preview

NEWS | North Wales Crusaders match preview

17th July 2019

The Dons look to get back to winning ways with a trip to face North Wales Crusaders in Betfred League One this weekend.

Richard Horne’s side go into the game on the back of a defeat against Whitehaven, despite a debut try from half-back Rangi Chase.

The Crusaders currently sit two points below the Dons in the table as they continue to push for a play-off spot. They go into the clash at Queensway Stadium following a narrow defeat to Oldham last weekend.

Who’s the gaffer?

Anthony Murray returned to take charge of the Crusaders in March 2018 after the departure of Mike Grady following a disappointing start to the last campaign.

Murray is now in his second spell as head coach of the club, after leading the Wrexham-based outfit between 2014-2016, guiding the Crusaders to iPro Sport Cup success in 2015 and the League One Shield final in 2016.

Ones to watch

Tommy Johnson was the first player to make 150 appearances for a Welsh club when he reached the milestone early in 2018. An ever-present full-back, Johnson joined the club in its inaugural season back in 2012, and is also the club’s leading point scorer in their relatively short history.

Earl Hurst re-signed for the Crusaders at on a permanent deal ahead of the 2019 campaign. After coming through the ranks at Wigan Warriors, Hurst joined the Crusaders from amateur side Wigan St Pats. The centre joined Rochdale Hornets for the 2018 campaign, but returned to Wales just midway through the season before returning on a permanent basis.

Back-rower Warren Thompson started his rugby league career with Super League side St Helens, before moving to Rochdale in 2013. He spent three seasons at the Crown Oil Arena before joining North Wales via a stint with amateur side Thatto Heath Crusaders.

Last time out

The Crusaders caused an upset at the Keepmoat Stadium earlier this season after a 12-10 victory in South Yorkshire.

With the game locked at 10-10, Ben Stead kicked a penalty goal to seal the win for the visitors.


NEWS | North Wales Crusaders match preview