Praise from the rival camp

Date published: Monday, June 10, 2013
ROUGHYEDS became the first side this season to take a bonus point off Championship One leaders North Wales Crusaders at The Racecourse.

In three previous league games at the Wrexham venue, Crusaders totalled 162 points against London Skolars, Gateshead and Gloucester All Golds.

Roughyeds kept them to their second lowest score in seven league outings, 22, and scored more points against them, 20, than any other club in that time.

“I always knew they were a good, well-coached team, but in this instance I thought they were magnificent,” said Crusaders boss Clive Griffiths.

Roughyeds stay third in Kingstone Press Championship One thanks to the bonus point, which pushes Tony Benson’s Oxford down to fourth.

Rochdale have gone second courtesy of their big win at Oxford, but Oldham are only one point behind them with a slightly better for-and-against difference.

Oldham winger Mo Agoro hobbled out of The Racecourse with a damaged ankle. He will be assessed at training tomorrow.

“It doesn’t feel too bad,” said the winger, ¬†who hopes to be fit for this Sunday’s long trek to South Wales Scorpions.

The try Adam Files scored in the second half extended his try-a-game consistency to eight games.

He also thought he had scored another, but it was rejected by referee Clint Sharrad.

Said Sharrad: “As I saw it, the Oldham player finished up just short of the line with the ball spilling loose.

“Other people may have seen it differently, but I can only give what I see.”