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Rugby league: Warriors prove too strong for Crusaders

FORMER Wigan coach Brian Noble made an unhappy return to Lancashire when his Crusaders side were crushed 38-6 by the Super League giants.

Despite putting up a good fight against champions Leeds the previous week, Crusaders were never in this fixture against Warriors.

Debutant second-rower Weller Hauraki impressed for the Wrexham-based side but his efforts proved in vain as tries from Amos Roberts (2), Martin Gleeson, Pat Richards, Andy Coley and Lee Mossop, with Richards converting five, doing the damage.

Crusaders’ sole touchdown came just before the interval when Luke Dyer crossed the whitewash and Michael Witt converted.

“Our lack of preparation time showed. I always had a feeling after the euphoria of last week that it would be tough.

“It was frustrating because some of the things we did, we did to ourselves. We’ve still a bit to work on but we knew that.

“It’s a tough place to come and play, especially when you haven’t been together long but we’re not going to get any easy games.”

Crusaders travel to Salford City Reds on Friday (8pm), seeking their first points.