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Crusaders crush Widnes.

Byline: BY IAN CHEVEAU

Celtic C'saders .38

Widnes 6

CELTIC Crusaders recorded a hat-trick of wins over Super League license rivals Widnes after easily despatching the Vikings in extreme conditions in Wales.

Widnes were brought back down to earth with a bang after their recent heroics against Salford City Reds.

Steve McCormack's side failed to convert pressure into points when it mattered whereas the Crusaders made the most out of their opportunities.

Ian Hardman, Jim Gannon and Danny Hill were the pick of the bunch for Widnes but their efforts were to no avail.

Widnes were made to pay for missing a host of golden opportunities when Anthony Blackwood worked his way over from close range.

Mark Lennon added the extras from in front, the first of seven goals for the Welsh international.

Two minutes later they were over again as Mark Dalle-Cort powered his way over, taking two Widnes defenders with him.

The conversion was missed by Lennon but he had another chance for goal after half an hour as former Widnes centre Aled James touched down.

A Lennon penalty before the break made it 18-0 and there was no way back for Widnes.

Gannon went over for a four pointer and Steve Tyrer converted to give the Vikings an outside chance but that was all it was.

Crusaders crossed for two tries in three minutes from Tony Duggan and Neil Budworth.

The Welsh wrapped things up with a minute to go as Ben Flower walked over.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2008
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