18th February 2013, 16:04
GRIFFITHS PLEASED WITH WIN
SOME THINGS TO WORK ON BUT CRUSADERS SHAPING WELL FOR BIG KICK-OFF, SAYS HEAD COACH
By Ryan Gould
NORTH Wales Crusaders head coach Clive Griffiths is pleased to finish pre-season with a win and believes that his side is ready for the start of the Northern Rail Cup.
"They asked a few questions of us and gave us a few things to think about for next time, like the kicks through. We've conceded three tries from kicks today, so that's not good", Griffiths said.
"They've got a good bunch of young kids and they stuck to the task in all fairness to them. They never gave in. They asked questions of us and a few of them we didn't answer.
"Our goal-line defence, like when the lad sneaked over in the corner, wasn't up to scratch. We'll take a look at that on the DVD and analyse it for the next game against Oldham.
"We had a funny patch similar to what we had at Thatto Heath. We lost our shape and attitude, but we regained it.
"We're an exciting team to watch and I think that's what people want to come and watch here, and that's how we want to play.
"We covered a few bases today - we had a lot of players who hadn't played. It was good to see Matt Reid start, young Owain Griffiths coming on and having an impact, and Lewys Weaver took a bad bang but bounced back and came back on."
And the pre-season schedule has worked well according to Griffiths, with the ex-Great Britain and Wales coach more than ready for the opener against Oldham Roughyeds.
"We started back in November and the games have come regularly, so it's not been just training, training, training. That's how we've planned it", he explained.
"We've had two really tough games with York and Swinton and then we've played the two amateur teams, so we're delighted (with how pre-season has gone).
"We've got two weeks now to get the bumps and bruises out of the way. Everyone is firing and the most difficult thing is going to be picking a 17."