North Wales Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray, who is set to come out of self-isolation ahead of Sunday’s trip to Rochdale Hornets, was delighted with the response shown from his side in last weekend’s win at West Wales Raiders.
Murray has missed Crusaders’ last two matches and needed to watch from home after coming into contact with a positive COVID-19 case outside of the club.
After a disappointing result against Doncaster at Stadiwm ZipWorld, North Wales responded with an emphatic 60-10 win at West Wales last weekend in the first Welsh derby of the season.
Murray said: “We had an 83 per cent completion rate and that’s the highest we’ve had all year.
“We had about eight players missing for the trip to West Wales so it’s full credit to the lads as they put in a really good performance.
“Getting back to winning ways was much needed and we need to try to stay in those margins of having a completion rate above 80 per cent and keeping the penalty count down.
“It’s also what you do with the ball and I thought we were very clinical at times, making the most of the field position we had.
“We had some players like Elliott Jenkins playing out of position and we brought in some lads on loan, but I thought they all performed really well and complemented what we have already.”
Murray is now hoping to build on the performance at West Wales when his side travel to Rochdale on Sunday.
He added: “It’ll be a really tough game at the weekend.
“Rochdale will probably be looking at the game the same way as us and hoping to get a result.
“I thought they played really well at Workington last weekend and were very unlucky to lose.
“It’s going to be a tough ask as they’re a good side, but we’ve got an opportunity to move up the table.
“We’ve just got to keep the focus on ourselves and improving on the areas we’ve looked at to maintain our level of performance.”