CRUSADERS head coach Anthony Murray wants his side to build on the “massively important” win over Whitehaven in his first game in charge at Batley this weekend.
Murray takes over as head coach from Clive Griffiths, who stepped down after the Whitehaven game to take on a role as rugby director at the club.
The success over Haven was Crusaders’ first three points at home since the first game of the season and turned around their recent poor run of form.
As Crusaders now lie four points from safety, every game is now crucial between now and the end of the season.
And Murray is hoping that his side put in a good display up in Yorkshire, although he knows it won’t be easy.
“Batley are always there or there abouts and are a very difficult team to beat on their own pitch”, he said.
“We lost at home to Batley – that was the first game I came to watch Crusaders in before joining the club – and we saw what they could do that day.
“They’ve got a really experienced coach in John Kear so they’ll be ready for us and will try to exploit us.
“All I’m really asking of the boys is for us to put in a performance and kick on from the Whitehaven game.
“We need to take it game by game and see where we end up.”
For the former Barrow Raiders head coach, the win over Whitehaven was crucial and can count for a lot going into this weekend’s game.
“It was massively important that we won the game”, Murray said.
“It did a lot for confidence and got the monkey off our backs because we can’t seem to win at home.
“It was pleasing for the players as it was just reward for the performance that they put in, and you could see how much it meant to them.”
Crusaders will still be missing Andy Moulsdale, who is out for the season, while Christiaan Roets also picked up a knock in the win over Whitehaven.
Other than that, Anthony Murray will have no fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of his first game in charge.