19th June 2018, 20:55
Hindley inflict first defeat of the season on North Wales Crusaders U12s
North Wales Crusaders U12s fell to their first defeat of the season against a well-drilled and organised Hindley side last Sunday.
The game was played at Queensway Stadium ahead of Crusaders' first-team fixture with high-flying York City Knights in League 1.
Hindley had lost only once in 2018 heading into the game and their greater experience of playing rugby league was the deciding factor in a terrific match, which was a great advert for the junior game.
Crusaders were more than a match for Hindley in the first-half as the home team fronted up well in the physical stakes and were not afraid to pass and offload the ball.
In fact, it was their willingness to offload that was their downfall in the opening 40 minutes, with handling errors and forced passes giving Hindley good field position on a number of occasions.
On the positive side, the home pack made good ground as some forceful drives and neat handling moves made sure that Hindley had to be at their very best in their defensive duties.
The half-time score of 14-6 to Hindley was a little harsh on the home team, who had competed well and gone toe-to-toe with a handy Wigan-based team.
The home side made a number of changes at half-time and this did disrupt their performance to a degree, but they again competed well in the third quarter, scoring a great try as the ball passed through hands with speed and accuracy.
In the final quarter, however, Hindley did take advantage of the home team's inexperience to pull away on the scoreboard and run out deserved 33-10 winners.
The score was a little harsh on the young Crusaders, who put in a very creditable collective performance.
They defended with real determination and put Hindley under pressure with ball in hand.
Individually, there were a number of very high quality performances from the home side.
Crusaders head coach Allen Jones said: “Hindley are a very good side. They have lost only once this season in a cup semi-final and, for large parts of the game, we matched up really well.
"The big difference was that Hindley were a lot smarter than us, made fewer errors and took advantage of our errors.
"The boys will have learnt a lot from the game and it will stand them in good stead for the future.
"This squad is developing very nicely and we gave 20 boys some significant game time against good quality opponents.”
Crusaders U12s are next in action on July 1, when they travel to Altrincham to take on South Trafford.
If anyone would like to learn more about Crusaders U12s, you can contact Allen Jones on 07738 767272 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.