North Wales Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray believes the presence of fans at Stadiwm ZipWorld on Sunday will be a welcome boost. 

After a 497-day wait, Crusaders will play in front of supporters at home and it’ll be their first at Stadiwm ZipWorld in Colwyn Bay. 

Murray took plenty of positives from North Wales’ narrow 38-28 defeat at Rochdale Hornets last weekend and is hoping to build on that against Keighley Cougars on Sunday.

He said: “We played well and matched them, but we just need to be a bit more clinical on those last tackle plays. 

“We didn’t always end our sets well enough, gave away some seven-tackle restarts and they punished us. 

“When we get into those good positions, we need to finish better, be a bit more clinical and build pressure on the opposition’s line.

“There wasn’t a lot in the game at all and we had two tries disallowed. 

“We’ve come up with some positive responses lately against Coventry and West Wales and we need to do the same on Sunday. 

“We need to keep in those high margins of completion that we’ve been in over the last couple of weeks as we’ll be compete with any team in this division. 

“Our fans are our 18th man and it’d be great to see a decent crowd watching us. 

“It’ll be tough against Keighley as they’ve signed a host of experienced players and started the season well, but our fans always give us that extra push.”

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