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North Wales Crusaders v Gloucestershire All Golds preview.

1st of June 2013
North Wales Crusaders v Gloucestershire All Golds preview.

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Stephens to miss All Golds encounter

North Wales Crusaders prop Simon Stephens is suspended for the Kingstone Press Championship 1 match against the Gloucestershire All Golds, while Jamie Durbin is a major doubt with a hamstring injury.

However, Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths has an otherwise fully-fit squad.

He said: "We're very fortunate that we've got a big complement of front-rowers, given Simon's suspension."

Griffiths has warned his men against any hint of complacency as they prepare to face a Gloucestershire team still searching for their first league win of the season.

He added: "It's classic top v bottom. If you underestimate anybody you get burned badly, and we won't be underestimating them in any shape or form. I coached a number of their players in the Wales Students team.

"It's a game we must win and a game people expect us to win. We're in a good position now, and it's a different kind of pressure that we're facing."

All Golds coach Brad Hepi has warned his team they must improve after last week's 54-10 defeat by Rochdale Hornets.

Hepi said: "We needed to step up our levels of enthusiasm and commitment in the second half, but that didn't happen."


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