North Wales Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray wants his side to build on their second-half display at Rochdale Mayfield when they take on Doncaster in their League 1 opener this weekend.

Despite leading 16-0 at half-time, Crusaders were given a stern challenge by Rochdale during the first-half of their third round Challenge Cup tie.

But North Wales were ruthless in the second-half, crossing for a staggering seven tries in a 16-minute spell.

Ahead of the clash with Doncaster, Murray said: “We’ve got to focus on our own performance and trying to get better each week.

“There were some negatives and things we need to improve on, but we need to take all of the positives out of the game and take them into this weekend.

“We made a lot of inroads in the first-half at Rochdale, but I think we had a bit of tryline fever and we weren’t finishing off our plays.

“Even though we had all the momentum in the game, we kept coming up with silly errors and stopping that momentum.

“When we stuck to our structures more in the second-half and calmed down a bit, you could see what we’re capable of.

“We scored 48 points in the second-half and only conceded six on the day so I’ve got to be pleased with that.

“Doncaster are a really difficult team to play against and they’ve recruited well in the off-season.

“Both teams will be hoping to start the season well and get a bit of form going.

“It’s a home game for us and that’s an area we need to look to improve in.”

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