Crusaders run up 50 points against Rangers

North Shields Crusaders returned to county league action with a derby match as Whitley Bay Rockcliff Rangers were the visitors to Preston Playing Fields.

Captain Peter Finlay led the side from the centre with David Sears at full-back. In the pack, Richard Sampson filled in at hooker and George Hendry at lock.

Crusaders were first to score with a try from flanker Gareth Ruddle, Matthew Padden added the conversion.

Rockcliff were next on the scoresheet with an unconverted try before Ruddle got his second try to make it 12-5.

Fly-half Kyle Wharton scored next and the bonus point was secured through a try from centre John Lee.

Padden then scored himself and converted to give a half-time score of 31-5 to the hosts.

The first try of the second half came courtesy of a Richard Todd-Iain Finlay combination which saw lock Iain Finlay cross over the line, Padden was successful with the extras.

Wharton got his second try which was converted by Padden, now playing at prop, to make it 45-5.

The final try for Crusaders came through a second for Iain Finlay before Rockcliff got a late consolation converted try to give a final score of 50-12 to North Shields Crusaders.

Man of the match went to Ruddle who just beat his back row colleague Mark Greenwood to get the decision.

Next week Crusaders are again at home in the league with Sunderland third XV the visitors.

Meanwhile the first team made the trip to play high-flying Redcar in the league. They came away with a credible losing bonus point with a 24-21 defeat.

The North Shields tries came from Ben Dalton (2) and Christopher Yeoman.

Crusaders: D Sears, M Padden, J Lee, P Finlay, A Heron, K Wharton, J Armitage, A Wilson, R Sampson, G Hendry, R Todd, G Ruddle, M Greenwood, F Taylor. Replacements: K May, J Mehaffey, I Finlay, A Cottingham.