In the absence of Ossy's report which will arrive in due course here are my brief views on the game.
We were fortunate to escape with a victory, yet should have won comfortably. In these conditions this was a match that would be won by the team that retained possession and at times we failed to respect that. Crusaders looked dangerous when running the ball but, fortunately for us, dropped far too much ball especially in the second half, reminiscent of their visit to Owl Lane earlier in the season. We scored a couple of very good tries, notably Karl Pryce's effort, together with some scrappy ones. We conceded four very frustrating ones, all deriving from mistakes when we had possession; I know that this is worrying for GM as he said so on the radio afterwards, and how can a coach be expected to teach experienced players to catch, pass and concentrate? He must surely believe that they have these qualities already.
It was very hot and must have been very tiring (there were no water breaks, which I thought had been mooted when we began the summer RL experiment) and the players can't be criticised for effort. In many cases they looked absolutely drained by the end and, I suspect, one or two are still carrying injuries that would heve kept them out normally. There are times when some players attitudes must be questioned, however. In particular there are a couple who seem to think the rules should apply differently to them, acting like stroppy 15 year olds when a decision goes against them and mouthing off at the touch judge for decreeing that they had transgressed. Holding down is holding down and when you try to make out that you are stuck and can't get away, when everyone else in the ground knows what you are doing, helps nobody particularly your own team-mates. Following this up with petulance diminishes you in my view. Stop acting like a clever teenager and become the professional RL player you should be and you will be the better for it.
Tommy Gallagher had another big game and certainly caused consternation amongst the opposition whenever he had the ball. Thackeray had a pretty good game but could have taken on the line a bit more: attempted grubbers on a ground with a 3m in-goal were difficult to get right. Sherrif had a mixed first half then spent the second on the naughty step in the dug-out and looked less than pleased when leaving the pitch at the end; it looked as if words had been exchanged at half time. Grady is wasted at second row and got much more chance to be infuential when switched to the centre in the second half. Dowes continues to impress me with the small things that are easy to overlook and worked hard when on the pitch. The rest of the pack worked consistently hard.
Mr Hewer once again had his part to play in keeping the crowd entertained and their lungs healthy. He didn't favour any one side but definitely baffled both at times. Overall I don't think that he had any effect upon the outcome.
Another win on our steady march towards safety and the play-offs.