Boss Ieatyn Harris hails 'relentless' Crusaders


Crusaders boss Iestyn Harris praised his "relentless" side's six-try effort in beating Super League leaders Huddersfield Giants.

But he lamented missing a chance to top 50 points instead of winning 32-6 at the Racecourse.

Harris said: "We could have three or four more [tries] and it could have easily slipped into a very high-scoring game for us.

"We probably missed a chance to put 50 points on them, which is unbelievable."

Bottom club the Crusaders bounced back from a 64-6 defeat by Warrington to see off the Giants.

Harris was delighted at the win and was particularly happy at their ability to stand up to Huddersfield's physical challenge.

But he says his players' will not get carried away with the achievement because they travel to Leeds on Easter Monday.

He said: "I don't think that will be a problem because we've only got a two-day turnaround to when we go to Leeds.

"They've not really got chance to fall in love with themselves over the weekend because they've had the last couple of weekends off and had time with their families.

"But they've no doubt this is a really busy time for the club and this is where they earn their money - a couple of days training and play again Monday.

"I know the players are already speaking about looking forward to going to Headingley so it should be another good game.

"I don't know about confidence, but we go there with an understanding that we're a good side.

"We're a side that can compete against the best sides and if we give ourselves a chance and do the right things is in the game - and I thought we did that against Huddersfield - we can do that again.

"We did the little things exceptionally well, prepared to work for each other, certainly defensively, and we gave ourselves a chance.

"Last year when we came against top sides - or perceived top sides - we always seemed to struggle physically and certainly for me that was the most pleasing point; that physically we stood up to a very strong side that's sitting proud of the top of the table."

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