Match Report

Sunday 13th March 2016, 15:00
League 1 - Round: 2

Newcastle Thunder

(4) 20

Newcastle Thunder

North Wales Crusaders

24 (12)

North Wales Crusaders

4 Tries

Joe Brown, Evan Simons, Vincent Rennie, Josh Kittrick,


Tries 4

Ryan Smith 2, Earl Hurst, Mason Caton-Brown,

2 Goals

Benn Hardcastle 2,


Goals 4

Tommy Johnson 4,

0 D Goals



D Goals 0


Attendance:   Official: C Straw  Venue: Kingston Park, Newcastle

Full Time Report

Crusaders conquer Newcastle Thunder

North Wales Crusaders secured their first win of the Kingstone Press League 1 season with a last-gasp 24-20 victory at Newcastle Thunder.

The visitors were leading 12-4 at the break following two tries from Ryan Smith and successful conversions from Tommy Johnson. Joe Brown went over for Newcastle but Benn Hardcastle missed for the extra two points.

Earl Hurst extended Crusaders' lead early in the second half, with Johnson again converting, but Thunder hit back with a try from Evan Simons and successful conversion from Hardcastle.

Tries from Vincent Rennie and Josh Kittrick saw Newcastle take the lead for the first time, with Hardcastle's conversion making it 20-18, but there was late drama as Mason Caton-Brown snatched victory for Crusaders with a try three minutes from time.