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North Wales Crusaders are a lot better than what they served up in the defeat to Hunslet, according to head coach Anthony Murray.

The Wrexham side fell to a 22-12 defeat at Queensway Stadium as top-of-the-table Hunslet produced a professional, well-managed display to take home the points.

Crusaders had large spells of pressure, particularly in the second-half, but they couldn’t convert their territory into points.

“I’m massively frustrated,” Murray said.

“The penalty count in the first-half was 5-1 in their favour and they scored some crash-over tries.

“They didn’t really score any decent shape on us, but we switched off defensively a couple of times and they punished us.

“We put Hunslet under a lot of pressure on their tryline, but we didn’t come up with anything.

“If we get something out of those couple of sets on their tryline, you’re looking at a different game and possibly a different scoreline, but they go up the other end and score through a simple score underneath the sticks.

“We’re a lot better than what we’re sometimes serving up.

“We do some good bits, but then we let them off the hook.

“Hunslet have got some really good players and their game management told.

“It’s simplicity that sometimes wins you games and Hunslet had that.

“They picked up tries when they needed to and were worthy winners in the end.

“We just need to pick ourselves back up and find that winning formula.

“We’ve got to try and pick up some points soon and reach our aspirations of what we’re aiming for in the league.

“We’ve got to be better against Keighley.”

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