North Wales Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray is looking for his side to pick up where they left off in previous matches when they host West Wales Raiders in the Welsh derby on Sunday. 

It’ll be the second time Crusaders have played in front of fans at their new Stadiwm ZipWorld home in Colwyn Bay. 

The League 1 outfit have won their last two outings, having beaten Keighley Cougars 34-28 in an enthralling encounter on the North Wales coast and seen off Hunslet on their travels. 

Murray now wants Crusaders to continue what’s worked so well for them in previous weeks. 

He said: “West Wales have pushed Hunslet, Rochdale and London all close in their previous three matches so it’s going to be a tough test and the Welsh derby always brings that extra spice. 

“Both Keighley and Hunslet came back at us and that was only natural but, as we had a low penalty count and decent completion rates, it kept us in the games and we managed to pull off two good wins. 

“We’ve got to keep on putting ourselves in those positions where we can get those wins.

“We probably just need to play for that full 80 minutes and make sure we don’t come away from what’s working well for us at any point.

“This league is tough and the Welsh derby is going to be no different.”

Crusaders’ boss believes the fans can make a real difference in the Welsh derby like they did in the victory over Keighley.

Murray added: “We’re really looking forward to having the fans back with us.

“I’ve no doubt they’re going to make it a great atmosphere once again and it always picks the players up when they need it.

“It should be a great game for the fans to watch and it’d be nice to see our crowds grow at Stadiwm ZipWorld.”

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