2010 Crusaders Rugby League season
|2010 Crusaders Rugby League season|
|Super League XV Rank||11th|
|Play-off result||To be decided|
|Challenge Cup||Fourth round|
|2010 record||Wins: 3; Draws: 0; Losses: 4|
|Points scored||For: 122; Against: 193|
|Head coach||Brian Noble|
Crusaders Rugby League enter their 5th year of rugby league, their 2nd in professional rugby league, in 2010. Additionally, this will be their first known as Crusaders Rugby League after previously being known as Celtic Crusaders, and their first year playing away from Brewery Field, Bridgend, moving to Wrexham's Racecourse Ground. They will be in contention for the Super League, in its 15th season and the 2010 Challenge Cup.
- 1 Preseason
- 2 Table
- 3 2010 results and fixtures
- 3.1 Friendlies
- 3.2 Challenge Cup
- 3.3 Super League XV
- 3.3.1 Round 1
- 3.3.2 Round 2
- 3.3.3 Round 3
- 3.3.4 Round 4
- 3.3.5 Round 5
- 3.3.6 Round 6
- 3.3.7 Round 7
- 3.3.8 Round 8
- 3.3.9 Round 9
- 3.3.10 Round 10
- 3.3.11 Round 11
- 3.3.12 Round 12
- 3.3.13 Round 13
- 3.3.14 Round 14
- 3.3.15 Round 15
- 3.3.16 Round 16
- 3.3.17 Round 17
- 3.3.18 Round 18
- 3.3.19 Round 19
- 3.3.20 Round 20
- 3.3.21 Round 21
- 3.3.22 Round 22
- 3.3.23 Round 23
- 3.3.24 Round 24
- 3.3.25 Round 25
- 3.3.26 Round 26
- 3.3.27 Round 27
- 4 2010 squad
- 5 2010 Transfers
- 6 Gains
- 7 References
The preseason saw the Crusaders make a number of changes firstly the Crusaders changed their name from Celtic Crusaders to Crusaders Rugby League then they got rid of previous coach John Dixon and was replaced by Brian Noble as well as gaining Nobles services Iestyn Harris and Jon Sharp joined as assistant coaches. The preseason also saw Wales take part in the 2009 European Cup which they ended up winning against Scotland 28–16, from the Crusaders 2010 Squad Jordan James, Ben Flower, Elliot Kear, Lewis Mills and Lloyd White were all named in the Wales squad. The Crusaders also confirmed Wrexhams Racecourse Ground as their new home ground for 2010 they originally planned to play at Newports Rodney Parade but unfortunately they couldn't which meant they had to move their South Wales base 200 miles to North Wales. The Crusaders made a number of high-profile signings during the off season with players such as former Great Britain internationals Jamie Thackray and Gareth Raynor joining the club as well as former NRL player Michael Witt returning to the 13-man code after a 1 1⁄2-year stint with the Otago rugby union club.
|11||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||27||9||0||18||539||741||−202||18|
|12||Salford City Reds||27||8||0||19||448||857||−409||16|
|Teams qualifying for the Play-offs|
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
2010 results and fixtures
Saturday 16 January (Jon Wells Testimonial match)
Crusaders vs. Harlequins RL – Cancelled
Crusaders 34–35 Catalans Dragons
Super League XV
For all season results see link below: 
Crusaders 6–34 Leeds Rhinos
Preview:This will be the first game to kick of Super League XV the game will be played at Crusaders new home ground at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground with the 2009 champions Leeds Rhinos versus the 2009 wooden spooners then known as Celtic Crusaders.
Despite a steady if plucky start due to the snowy weather, Crusaders simply could not sustain the pace and shear ability of the champions. Scott Donald and Gareth Raynor exchanged tries, and the 6-all scoreline remained until the 65th minute when Leeds pulled away(scoring 5 tries in the last 20 minutes) to run out comfortable victors. Although their fitness, team chemistry and ability is questionable, if Crusaders can match every game in Super League XV with the level of commitment shown against the champions, they will prosper with a few wins especially with the defence they showed for the first 65 minutes.
Wigan Warriors 38–6 Crusaders
Preview: This match will be played at the DW Stadium in Wigan where Brian Noble will come up against the club he previously coached the Wigan Warriors. Former Parramatta Eels second rower Weller Hauraki and former Wests Tigers utility back Rhys Hanbury are expected to arrive in time for the match where they will make their debuts for the Crusaders as they(The Crusaders) still look to build their squad for the 2010 season. Weller Hauraki has been named in the Crusaders 19-man squad however Rhys Hanbury will arrive sometime late February
Team Lineups(19-man squads) Match Official: James Child
Wigan Warriors- Phelps, Roberts, Gleeson, Carmont, Richards, S. Tomkins, Leuluai, Fielden, Riddell, Coley, Hansen, J. Tomkins, O'Loughlin, Prescott, Paleaaesina, Deacon, O'Carroll, Mossop, Goulding.
Crusaders- Youngquest, Mellars, Raynor, Witt, O'Hara, Withers, Bryant, Hauraki, Chan, Trimarchi, Dyer, Lee, Winternstein, Peek, Thackray, James, Flower, White, Lupton.
Match review –
The Crusaders have recorded a second loss to their 2010 Super League season with a 38–6 loss to the Wigan Warriors in front of a 13,680 crowd at the DW Stadium. Wigan tore the Crusaders apart with fullback Cameron Phelps starring in the game, setting up two tries and scoring one of his sides 7 tries. The Crusaders gave a debut to former Parramatta Eels and New Zealand Maori international Weller Hauraki who impressed on his debut. The Crusaders lacked ability to take advantage in the first half with Wigan running out to a scoreline of 20–6 by halftime with Luke Dyer scoring just before the halftime break. It was a similar story in the second half with the Crusaders struggling to get out of their own half of the field, lacking playmaking ability. The Tomkins brother(Sam and Joel) caused trouble for the Crusaders as well as Paul Deacon with his kicking game in the second half.
Salford City Reds 16 vs 36 Crusaders
This was the Crusaders first win of their 2010 Super League Season giving them some momentum for the in-form Hull who have won 2 from 2. The Crusaders tries came from Vince Mellars who scored 3 tries, while Gareth Raynor, Michael Witt, Frank Winterstein and Jamie Thackray also scoring, Michael Witt landed 4 conversions. For the hosts Karl Fitzpatrick, former Crusaders halfback Matty Smith and former Bulldogs NRL players Daniel Holdsworth scored the tries for Salford, while Stefan Ratchford landed 2 conversions.
Crusaders 18–16 Hull
Preview- This will be the Crusaders second home game of the season against the in-form Hull. Crusaders hooker Tommy Lee returns from an ankle injury where he missed last week's win over Salford, he faces his old club (Hull F.C.|Hull) along with Jamie Thackray and Gareth Raynor while second rower Weller Hauraki makes his home debut and as for Hull Mike Burnett replaces Danny Tickle who suffered a groin injury in last week's win over Huddersfield and coach Richard Agar has Danny Washbrook and Jordan Turner on standby in case Sean Long and Richard Horne fail to recover from leg knocks.
Match review- The Crusaders won their first home game of the season where the match was won in the last few minutes which is the first time they have won two games in the row since entering super league.
- Tries;Nick Youngquest (2), Michael Witt
- Goals; Michael Witt (3)
- Tries;Kirk Yeaman, Tom Briscoe, Lee Radford
- Goals;Craig Fitzgibbon (2)
Warrington Wolves 46 Crusaders 12
St Helens R.F.C. 37 Crusaders 30
Crusaders 14 vs Catalans Dragons 6
Castleford Tigers 22 Crusaders 16
Bradford Bulls 20 Crusaders 16
Crusaders 20 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 10
Huddersfield Giants 38 Crusaders 10
Crusaders 19 Bradford 0
Goals: Witt (3/3)
Field Goals: Witt
Hull KR 54–0 Crusaders
Crusaders 26 Wigan Warriors 46
Crusaders 22 Harlequins 50
Crusaders 44 Bradford Bulls 20
Crusaders 32 Leeds 26
Wakefield 41 Crusaders 0
Warrington 30 Crusaders 10
Huddersfield 30 Crusaders 12
Crusaders 26 Catalans 22
Crusaders 30 Castleford 24
Crusaders 60 Salford 16
Crusaders 16 Harlequins 12
Hull 18 Crusaders 16
St Helens 36 Crusaders 10
Crusaders 30 Hull KR 24
|2010 Crusaders RL season|
|First team squad||Coaching staff|
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|Player||Signed from||When signed|
|Michael Witt||Otago Highlanders||December 2009|
|Nick Youngquest||Gateshead Thunder||December 2009|
|Frank Winterstein||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||December 2009|
|Tony Martin||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||December 2009|
|Vincent Mellars||Auckland Vulcans||January 2010|
|Tommy Lee||Hull F.C.||November 2009|
|Jamie Thackray||Hull F.C.||January 2010|
|Weller Hauraki||Parramatta Eels||January/February 2010|
|Rhys Hanbury||Wests Tigers||March 2010|
|Rocky Trimarchi||Wests Tigers||January 2010|
|Gareth Thomas||Cardiff Blues||March 2010|
|Clinton Schifcofske||Ulster Rugby||March 2010|
|Jarrod Sammut||Penrith Panthers||April 2010|
|Player||Signed for||When left|
|Tony Duggan||Lezignan Sangliers||August 2009|
|Josh Hannay||Mackay Cutters||August 2009|
|Mark Dalle Cort||Northern Pride||August 2009|
|Jace Van Dijk||Easts Tigers||August 2009|
|Darren Mapp||Central Comets||August 2009|
|Marshall Chalk||Gold Coast Titans||November 2009|
|Matty Smith||St Helens R.F.C. (loan return)||November 2009|
|Ste Tyrer||St Helens R.F.C. (loan return)||November 2009|
|Mark Lennon||Burleigh Bears||November 2009|
|Damien Quinn||Lezignan Sangliers||August 2009|
|Geraint Davies||Coventry RUFC||December 2009|
|Ashley Bateman||South Wales Scorpions||January 2010|
|Chris Beasley||Central Comets||November 2009|
|Neil Budworth||Mackay Cutters||December 2009|
|Paul Ballard||Blackpool Panthers||December 2009|
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