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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 January 2006, 15:56 GMT
Crusaders share spoils on debut
Celtic Crusaders (picture from Ian Lovell)
The Crusaders tried out their fringe players
Wales' new professional rugby league side the Celtic Crusaders were held to a 22-22 draw in their inaugural match, a friendly with Harlequins Academy.

The Crusaders used the fixture at Bridgend's Brewery Field as a chance to view the fringe players in their squad.

Tries from Oliver Hughes, Lee Williams and Jon Breakingbury had given the home side a 16-4 lead at the break.

But the Quins hit back and it needed a 75th-minute try from Dean Scully, converted by Gareth Lewis, to equalise.

Steve Owen, Lamont Bryan, Olly Bloom, Dennis Tufour and Tim Hartley got the tries for the visitors.

This was a good performance considering it was our first ever match
Crusaders coach Kevin Ellis

The Crusaders' first competitive match will be against Hemel in the Northern Rail Cup on 12 February.

"This was a good performance considering it was our first ever match and none of our Australian imports were playing," said Crusaders coach Kevin Ellis.

"We're a brand new side and it showed at times, especially in discipline and in the defence, but we know where our errors were and we know what to work on before 12 February."

Celtic Crusaders: Chris Vitalini, Sean O'Brien, Geraint Davies, Lee Williams, Tylan Mafi, Gareth Lewis, Oliver Hughes, Andy Llewellyn, Lloyd O'Connor, Phil Cushion, David Simm, Dean Scully, Lee Jones (capt).
Substitutes: Paul Morgan, Gareth Owen, Gareth Moore, Hywel Davies, John Breakingbury, Mark Burke.

Harlequins Academy: Peter Hodgkinson, Olly Bloom, Jamie Boston, Joe Price (capt), Dennis Tufour, Tim Hartley, Steve Owen, Louey McCarthy, John Sullivan, Tas Kushnirenko, Dave Williamson, Michael Worrincy, Ian Lane.
Substitutes: Graeme Spencer, Tristan Roberts, Tom Bold, Ken Dowdy, Lamont Bryan, Mark Tookey.

Referee: Matthew Thomason.

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