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North Wales Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray wants to see a reaction from his side when they visit top-of-the-table Whitehaven on Sunday.

Following the 48-12 defeat to Newcastle Thunder, Crusaders had a free weekend last time around, allowing them to put in the work on the training ground.

And Murray is hoping for an improved display on the one his side came up with against Thunder.

“I thought it was a game that got away from us,” he said.

“Newcastle are a quality side and they’re probably the best team we’ve played so far this season.

“Their fullback Lewis Young caused us a lot of damage and we struggled to control him.

“They scored some really nice tries with good shape and I can accept that, but there were a couple we conceded on our tryline that were really disappointing.

“We were with them for probably around 30 minutes of the game, but they were by far the better side for the remainder of the game and were very clinical.”

On the trip to Whitehaven, Murray said: “We know it’s going to be a tough task as they’re sitting at the top and are another good side.

“We’ve had a couple of really good training sessions and we’ve looked at the things we didn’t do well against Newcastle.

“I want to see us putting those things into practice against Whitehaven and improving on the Newcastle performance.

“We know Whitehaven are a big side who’ll ask questions of us up the middle so we need to be ready for that.”

Crusaders Supporters Club are running a coach to Sunday’s match with Whitehaven. It leaves from The Turf at 9.30am and is priced at £22 per person.