Several months ago I tipped North Wales Crusaders for automatic promotion and from today's evidence my opinion has not changed. Crusader are a championship side with very good facilities and a very good commercial approach.
The first 20 mins was a close battle with Oldham crashing over to claim the first points but the difference today was that the Crusaders defensive display was awesome. Oldham never troubled the North Wales line and when they did have the foresight to visit to the Crusader's try line they were met by a strong defensive wall of proud welsh red shirts.
Oldham were lackluster, flat and defensively very poor. Oldham's right side combination didn't work with the right centre having a game to forget. we allowed the majority of the Crusaders eight try's to sail passed an unopposed Oldham defense. With a minute to go before the half, Oldham's right centre throw a pass out of the tackle in his own 20 and straight in to the arms of the opposition who in turn scored on the hooter to go in 18 - 8 up.
The first ten minutes of the second half killed the game for Oldham, shocking defense from Oldham saw us down 36 - 8 within ten minutes of the second half.
It is important to remained balanced but I am struggling to find positives from today's poor display. After an off season of "Propaganda" we go and burst the bubble with a aberrant performance like that, and of course you could say it is a new team playing its first competitive match together and the Crusaders have retained the majority of last season squad but with the bookies tipping both teams for a strong season, there was no evidence of that at all from Oldham.
I know a lot of people made the journey to watch the opening match and we all left, disappointed and with a feeling of "Here Go Again" it is essential not to jump to conclusions after 80 minutes of rugby but the only team gaining automatic promotion this season is North Wales Crusaders!!!!
I will wait for the coaches comments but if official's, players and coaches read this please note how disappointed the fans feel after that performance. . . . it was an embarrassment. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Edited by oldham13, 03 March 2013 - 06:18 PM.