REPORT | North Wales Crusaders 0 Dons 30

REPORT | North Wales Crusaders 0 Dons 30

21st July 2019

The Dons picked up a crucial two points in the race for a Betfred League One play-off place with a 30-0 victory over North Wales Crusaders at Queensway Stadium.

Richard Horne brought Brad Foster back into the 17 after his recovery from injury, while Rangi Chase continued in the halves after a try-scoring debut against Whitehaven last time out.

It took until the 14th minute for the first try of the game. Hull FC man Danny Washbrook made an initial break to get the visitors into a good position, before Matty Chrimes collected the ball on the next tackle and added the finishing touches to the move. 

Six minutes later and Horne’s side were in again, as an error 10 metres out from the Crusaders line allowed Kyle Kesik to show good footwork as he dribbled the ball to the line before touching down.

The Dons then took an opportunity to extend their lead after a high-shot on Matty Beharrell. The half-back stepped up to convert and give his side a 14-0 lead.

The home side gave everything in search of a way back into the game before half-time, with back-to-back sets on the Dons line coming to nothing after more solid defence. Back-rower Kenneth Baker came closest as he looked to get the ball away on the last tackle, but his offload went out of play and clear of any danger.

It was the Dons who would claim the next and possibly most crucial try of the game, as centre Jason Tali powered his way over from close range to put his side even further ahead with an hour on the clock. Beharrell’s conversion took them to a 20-point lead.

Errors proved to be costly for the Crusaders, as they continued to get themselves into good positions without the cutting edge to get themselves on the board.

The Dons added more gloss to the score-line with seven minutes on the clock, as Beharrell’s kick high in the air was claimed knocked back superbly by Sam Doherty and into the path of Connor Bower who finished well in the corner to continue his fine try-scoring form in 2019. 

The scoring wasn’t finished there as Connor Scott collected the ball and showed good strength by barging his way over a tiring Crusaders defence to seal the win.

REPORT | North Wales Crusaders 0 Dons 30