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Crusaders looking to win League 1 Cup

22nd May 2015, 10:37

Crusaders looking to win League 1 Cup

North Wales forward Jono Smith insists his team are raring to go ahead of the iPro Sport Cup final against Swinton Lions at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool tomorrow (12.00pm)

North Wales forward Jono Smith insists his team are raring to go ahead of the iPro Sport Cup final against Swinton Lions at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool tomorrow (12.00pm)

 

Crusaders narrowly defeated Oldham in the semi-final to earn a trip to the world’s most famous seaside resort and Smith feels his team-mates are ready to rise to the occasion.

 

“The semi was the toughest and most physical game I’ve ever played in, it’s always a tough place to go but when you’re playing with a final at stake the intensity always turns up a notch,” said Smith.

 

“We had to dig really deep and somehow find a way to the line, the performance was a real team effort and every single player was committed to coming away with the win. 

 

“The team has gained confidence from the Oldham win, there’s a real buzz and sense of excitement in the camp. I’ve never played at Blackpool before and I can imagine the atmosphere will be amazing.

 

“In any sport the ultimate goal is to get to finals and win silverware, I just hope we can do our fans proud and bring home the trophy.”

 

Crusaders drew to Swinton in the first round of the regular season but following a three-match winning streak Smith believes his team have the ability and the confidence to overcome a strong Swinton side and become the first ever iPro Sport Cup winners.

 

“Swinton have many experienced players especially in their forward pack, if we can stop their forwards it means their backs will have less of an impact in the game,” he said.

 

“It’s going to be a close, I wouldn’t say they have any weaknesses.

 

“Our only focus is what we can do as a team and in terms of my own performance I’m hoping to lead by example, every time I walk on the pitch I want to lead from the front but more importantly if we gel as a team we should win.”

 

Tickets for the iPro Sport Cup final, which is the opening match of Summer Bash at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, start from £20 for adults and £10 for concessions. Weekend tickets for the iPro Sport Cup final and six Kingstone Press Championship fixtures start from £30 for adults and £15 for concessions and can be purchased by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or calling the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113.

 

The 2015 Summer Bash schedule in full is as follows:

 

Saturday May 23

12.00pm – iPro Sport Cup final, North Wales Crusaders v Swinton Lions                          

2.30pm – Workington Town v Whitehaven                 

4.45pm - London Broncos v Sheffield Eagles                            

7.00pm – Bradford Bulls v Halifax     

Sunday May 24

12.45pm - Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs

3.00pm - Doncaster v Hunslet Hawks

5.15pm – Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Rovers