Crusaders’ big win all but assures them of league title

Top of the table North Shields Crusaders hosted Newcastle Ravens in their final match of the season in the River Derwent League.

Crusaders were looking for a win that should see them crowed champions.

Peter Finlay led the side from full-back and in the pack the second row saw Pete Dyers and Dave-Griffith Owen team up.

Crusaders started well and soon had points on the board through a try from centre Ben Cross.

Prop Tony Jordan was next to score with the conversation added by Matthew Padden to make it 12-0.

Ravens got themselves on the score sheet with an unconverted try before Jon Kemsley crashed over to extend the hosts’ lead.

The final try of the half was created with a great run from Cross and some excellent handling from the back line which led to Jack Rendles scoring to give Crusaders a 22-5 advantage at the break.

At half-time the home side made changes to give everyone a game but continued to dominate.

Cross scored a second before replacement winger Andy Heron made it 32-5.

Jack Rendles got his second try and then Cross completed his hat-trick, with Tommy Rendles adding the conversion for 44-5.

A great tackle from Jack Rendles over the line stopped Ravens adding a second try of the afternoon before the final score for Crusaders coming from Sam Hodgson, this time Jack Rendles added the conversion to give a final score of 51-5.

The win gave Crusaders an eight-point lead in the table which should be enough to seem them crowed champions as they sit out on the final day of the season.

Man of the match was given to hat-trick man Ben Cross.