North Wales Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray would’ve happily taken a 20-point win at London Skolars before his side’s League 1 opener last weekend.

After a slow start from Crusaders largely down to issues with the team coach and a delayed kick-off, they were the far superior side throughout the contest.

An impressive 40-minute spell either side of half-time saw them turn on the style in attack and average nearly a point-a-minute.

“You’d have taken that before the game, wouldn’t you?” Murray said.

“If someone had said you’d score 44 points at London and win, I definitely would’ve shaken their hand and said thank you very much.

“Full credit to our players as, once we got ourselves together, started sticking to the gameplan and got on the frontfoot, I thought we looked really dangerous.

“London are a good team and, if you give them possession near your tryline, they’ll score.

“We were a little bit guilty of not completing our sets at times, giving away penalties and inviting London to our tryline on the back of it.

“For us to pull ourselves infront and stay there for the rest of game, I’ve got to be pleased with that.

“I’m a little bit disappointed that we conceded 24 points, but I’m obviously really pleased we scored 44 points so it’s a double-edged sword really.

“We played some really good rugby and it’s pleasing to see it pay off after practicing it on a Tuesday and Thursday in training.

“What I really liked about our performance is we were annoyed that we let 24 points in as that shows a lot of commitment and enthusiasm.”

Crusaders will now take on Hunslet this Saturday in their very first home match at Stadiwm ZipWorld in Colwyn Bay.

And Murray is hoping to carry the momentum from the win at London into the clash with Gary Thornton’s side.

“We earmarked London and had to win there,” he added.

“We’ve set ourselves some goals and, if we’re realistic about making those play-offs, we’ve really got to push on and achieve them.

“No games are going to be easy this year and we’ve just got to focus on what we’re doing.

“We need to get better every week and, once we get some more game time under our belts, we’ll be even sharper in some areas.”

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