Crusaders visit Edinburgh for the first time – Gwylio’r Cymry

Ian Golden and Harry Jones look back at the weekend’s action that featured Welsh internationals and hopefuls.

North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair claimed a victory in their first-ever meeting against Edinburgh Giants. They were also the first ever non-Scottish side to take on the Giants up in Scottish capital.

The Crusaders came back from an 8-0 early deficit and a second-half fight-back to claim a 49-42 victory. They travelled up with just five players, led by Wales international Stephen Halsey who scored three tries and kicked eight goals and a drop-goal, the latter being the final points of the day.

All the other four players got over for tries during the course of the match. Martin Turner and Jess Booth, both of whom have been training with the Welsh squad for potential Celtic Cup selection, each scored once, as did Martin’s son Matthew Turner. Wyatt Jones claimed a brace of tries.

The Crusaders players, who did a whistle-stop sightseeing tour before the event, also took on an Edinburgh Giants development side after the main game, to assist with their progress.

In other matches this weekend, due to cup games, there was very little elite men’s action. Bradman Best scored a try in Newcastle Knights’ victory at Wests Tigers in the NRL, whilst Luis Roberts was in the Leeds Rhinos side that lost at Catalans Dragons in Super League.

There were also two women’s players in action in Super League. Bethan Dainton played in Leeds Rhinos’ excellent televised away win at York Valkyrie, and Ashlea Prescott‘s Featherstone Rovers lost at home to St Helens.