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Celtic Crusaders look to replicate their display in beating Featherstone last week when they take on Barrow Raiders in a vital Co-operative National League Two clash at the Brewery Field tonight (6.30pm).

The match, which is the first domestic rugby league fixture to be shown live on S4C, is yet another important six-pointer in the title race.

The Crusaders are three points off top spot with a game in hand on Rovers and second-placed Workington.

A win for the Welsh side will not only keep up the pressure on their rivals, but will leapfrog them over Barrow in the table. It will also put them top if they win by more than six points.

Although Barrow, like the Crusaders and Featherstone, are competing for the title, Crusaders' coach John Dixon says he expects an entirely different style of game to last week.

"Week in and week out you aim to do your best," said Dixon.

"I don't think there will be too much similarity in the way the football is played this week because every team is a different team.

"Featherstone are really strong through the middle and through their front-rowers.

"Their back-rowers are very strong and they play a very direct style of rugby league.

"Barrow are a little bit different - they like their outside backs and they've got some smart back-rowers who are very good with their hands.

"So I don't think there will be similarities in the style of football, but there may be great similarities in the closeness of the scoreline.

"There will be two real attacking teams at the Brewery Field and it should be an exciting game."

Crusaders will be without Chris Beasley this week after picking up a knee injury against Featherstone, but he is expected to return later this month.

Crusaders (from): T Duggan, P Ballard, Ay Blackwood, M Dalle Cort, G Epton, L Young, J Van Dijk, J Cale, N Budworth, H Davies, D Mapp, D Quinn, A Boothroyd, D Fitzgerald, R Toshack, J I'Anson, N Wyatt, P Cushion, C Richards.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 9, 2007
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