Sunday 28th April 2013  Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium  Kick Off: 14:30:00

North Wales Crusaders Squad

Newcastle Thunder Squad

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Walker misses out for Crusaders

Johnny Walker (hand) is North Wales Crusaders' only absentee for Sunday's Kingstone Press Championship 1 fixture with Gateshead Thunder.

The Crusaders are on a high after securing a place in the Northern Rail Bowl Final by beating Hemel Stags on Tuesday.

Now coach Clive Griffiths wants to keep the momentum going when his squad reverts back to the league campaign.

Griffiths said: "Just 16 months ago there was no club, but the players have created a bit of history and to get to that final is an enormous achievement.

"However, we conceded four tries against Hemel and when we trained on Wednesday, the boys were noticeably hurt by that fact. They'll be looking to be tighter on Sunday."

Gateshead coach Kevin Neighbour could be tempted to include Jarrad Williams, while Craig Borthwick is available again after being recently ruled out through work commitments.