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Crusaders continue on track in league.

RUGBY LEAGUE - CHAMPIONSHIP ONE Oxford 4 N.Wales Crusaders 12 THE top of the table clash in Championship One lived up to its billing as North Wales Crusaders extended their lead at the summit with a gutsy victory over Oxford.

The Welsh side held a slender 6-4 lead at the break and, while Oxford had a number of opportunities in the second period, they weren't to concede again, and Ryan MacDonald's try, the only score of the second half, sealed the win for the visitors.

The home side had the better of the opening stages after Brett Robinson had forced two goal-line drop-outs with testing grubbers, but on no occasion did they look like converting possession into points.

Crusaders opened the scoring when Jono Smith broke the line and offloaded to Andy Moulsdale to touch down next to the posts.

Oxford replied within a matter of minutes through Matt Fiander after Andrew Hoggins had produced a lovely flick pass as he hit the line.

But then came the moment that changed the game; winger Sean Morris intercepted play and broke down the left flank, but Crusaders debutant Dan Birkett tracked back to halt the youngster short of the line.

And the home side were left kicking themselves just minutes later when MacDonald saw off three tacklers to bulldoze his way over the line.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 13, 2013
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