North Wales Crusaders have had a “really good two weeks” in preparation for Good Friday’s derby with West Wales Raiders, according to head coach Anthony Murray.
With the Challenge Cup exit and a free weekend in the League 1 calendar, Crusaders haven’t been in action since late March.
“I think it was important that we had the break and got some good training time in,” Murray said.
“We’ve had a really good two weeks and the lads have worked hard in training.
“We’ve got together, looked at where we are and ironed out some things.
“It’s really important we take that into the game on Good Friday and get our season up and running.
“But we’re aware that it’ll be a different game than the ones we had last season against West Wales.
“They’ve made a lot of progress and have probably earmarked this match as one they want to get something out of.
“We need to start getting some points on the board and begin to work our way up the table.
“It doesn’t matter what sport you’re involved with. Momentum and confidence are really important.
“We’re aware this is a competitive division and we have other tough games like Doncaster coming up, but I don’t see why we can’t kick on once we get that first win under our belts.”
Crusaders face West Wales in the Welsh derby at Queensway Stadium at 2.30pm on Good Friday (April 19).
Entry is priced at £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and £2 U16s.