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Friday 12th August 2011, 20:00 - Round:24
North Wales Crusaders
|Jason Chan, Stuart Reardon, Lloyd White, Richard Moore, Elliot Kear,||T||Daniel Sarginson 2,|
Clinton Schifcofske 5,
Luke Gale 2,
Attendance: 2,259 Official: R Silverwood Venue: Wrexham FC
Crusaders RL’s second win in as many Engage Super League weekends moved them off the bottom of the table at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ expense.
It has been a long time since the Racecourse witnessed such celebrations and, after the news that they will be relegated this season after not applying for a new licence, it was bitter-sweet.
Crusaders head coach Iestyn Harris made just one change to the starting line-up from the side which beat Wakefield to record the club's fifth win of the season, with Jordan Tansey replacing forward Ben Flower.
However, Harlequins RL were without David Howell, who began a six-match ban this weekend after he was found guilty of biting an opponent during the loss to Catalan Dragons a fortnight ago.
Although the Crusaders will be relegated from Super League this season after they decided not to reapply for a three-year licence, there was everything to play for.
The players are after contracts elsewhere, with big forward Richard Moore the latest to sign up, as he returns to Leeds Rhinos - where he started his career in the Academy - on a three-year deal.
Quins, who made decent strides in the season before falling back down the table, were also seeking a win - with their last victory being the 40-22 home win over Wakefield on June 18.
But if the Crusaders were going down, it was not without a fight - and centre Tony Martin was involved in both the opening scores in Wrexham tonight.
Martin latched onto a ball coughed up on the home 25 by Dan Sarginson to race almost the length of the pitch before a quick play-the-ball saw Jason Chan go in.
In the 12th minute the centre caused Quins problems with another dash to the line before setting up wing Stuart Reardon in the corner.
Eight minutes later Harlequins hit back when Sarginson made up for his error by going through a gap near the posts to score easily.
But it was mostly the home side who had the better of the game, with centre Vince Mellars and hooker Lincoln Withers both going over the line for scores which were ruled out.
Quins, with Tony Clubb and Luke Dorn active, dug in and stayed in touch at 12-6 at half-time - but they paid for poor handling on a night when the drizzle did not help them.
It proved costly when Olsi Krasniqi dropped the ball forward 10 yards from his line. Quins players stopped, expecting a scrum, but referee Richard Silverwood waved play-on and replacement Lloyd White strolled over.
Clinton Schifcofske booted over the conversion, his third excellent kick from the touchline in the match, and the Londoners were facing a two converted try deficit.
Quins came back into it near the hour mark and twice second row Lee Mitchell was denied by some big defensive hits.
Sarginson, though, kept the Quins ambitions burning when a superb move down the backs saw the half-back cut back inside and go over for Luke Gale to add a second conversion of the night.
Moore was put over from 10 yards by half-back Michael Witt before Witt added a drop-goal to make it 25-12.
It was all Crusaders at this stage and wing Elliot Kear finished things off with a try in the corner after a Witt cross-kick.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals