North Wales Crusaders head coach Clive Griffiths is pleased with the improvements that his side made at York after individual errors and poor decision making cost them at Swinton.
Griffiths’ men ran out comfortable 38-16 winners against Championship opposition York City Knights in what was an impressive performance.
“We got rid of the mistakes against Swinton and we played some very good rugby league”, Griffiths said. “There were no points at stake but you do take heart when what you’ve been working on actually works.
“There were some great individual performances in there – Lewys Weaver took his opportunity with both hands, and Gary Middlehurst and Matt Reid both did well on their debuts.
“It was a good exercise for us and we did a good job. There were some gaps at Swinton and the communication between the players wasn’t always there, so we’ve being working to eradicate that problem and it worked.”
Despite Crusaders’ first win in their pre-season scheduele ahead of 2013, Griffiths doesn’t want to look in to this match too much.
He explained: “We didn’t get too carried away with the loss against Swinton, so we won’t be getting carried away with this game either. But to take on board the things we’ve discussed is pleasing.
“We have games against Thatto Heath and Coventry now, and we won’t be underestimating them. Some of the lads who haven’t started we’ll be taking a look at if they are available, and we haven’t stopped our recruitment yet.”
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