Crusaders open league campaign with bug win over Jarrovians

North Shields Crusaders played their first match of the season in the River Derwent League as they hosted Jarrovians 2nds.

Paul Wells returned to rugby and the side featured two sets of fathers and sons.

The Crusaders also lent two players to Jarrovians, picking up a bonus point.

It was a comfortable afternoon for the Crusaders who scored almost a point a minute.

The first half saw a hat-trick of tries for centre Bruce Parker and a try each for fellow centre Peter Finlay and lock Dave Hardy.

Jack Jeffrey added three conversions to give a half-time score of 31-0.

The second half saw Peter Finlay score his second try followed by a try for scrum-half Jack Rendles. Jack Jeffrey was successful with both conversations for 45-0.

A excellent long pass from Rendles to Finlay who offloaded to Wells saw him scoring a try in the corner on his comeback.

Next Rendles added his second score before substitute Simon Morgan scored two tries either side of a second for Hardy.

The score could have been a lot more if the kicker did not miss so many conversions from in front of the posts, so the kicking duties for the final try were passed to Gary Redshaw, who successfully converted making the final score 72-0.

A good start to the season for the Crusaders against a Jarrovians side who never gave up.

Man of the match was a hard decision but given to hooker Alan Millar.

Thanks went to Ben Cockburn and Seamus McCallion who played for the opposition to give the Crusaders a bonus point.

Next week Crusaders are again at home in the league but face stronger opposition from Novos Centurions. Kick-off at Preston Playing Fields is 3pm.