No Crusaders favours from Williams
Rhys Williams would love rugby league to establish a firm hold in north Wales - but will spare no sympathy for former club Crusaders RL this weekend.
Warrington Wolves' Wales international winger scored three tries in six games while on loan with the Wrexham-based Engage Super League side earlier this season.
The 21-year-old, who actually lives near Wrexham in his home town of Mold, then touched down against the Crusaders in his first match back with the Wolves in April.
He has since added three more tries to his tally and comes up against his former team-mates again as the Super League leaders travel to the bottom side's Racecourse Ground tomorrow.
Williams said: "I wasn't too sure about going on loan right at the start of the season - I wanted to fight for my place here.
"But I enjoyed it very much, it was a good experience. They are a great bunch of lads.
"They have had it tough this year but after doing so well last year I hope they can settle there. It is a good set-up.
"When I was growing up playing rugby union, the region I was under was Llanelli Scarlets, 150 miles away.
"I was travelling that far when I was 16 to go to training, so for youngsters growing up and having a professional rugby team in their area, it is great.
"North Wales is a massive region and it really is an untapped resource. If they can get set up right I think it can definitely work.
"But I am enjoying my rugby back here and it is great to get some game time.
"Certainly since I have been back we have been firing on all cylinders.
"There have been a couple of times when we have thought we could pull away from the others but we have slipped off a little bit.
"We have just got to be consistent every week to pull away from those teams and sooner or later we will."
Victory over the Crusaders, who have just four points to their name, would take the Wolves two points clear at the top.
Warrington, despite the absence of winger Joel Monaghan due to a knee injury, will also head to north Wales in good heart after a convincing 42-6 win over Leeds Rhinos last weekend.
Williams added: "To go there and play the way did was a massive testament to how well are playing at the moment.
"But it will be tough at Wrexham, they can be a tricky team.
"If we bring the right attitude we can get a good result but they are going to be a lot tougher side than people think."
Leeds face a difficult task as they look to bounce back from last week's hammering as they travel to Widnes to take on another form side, St Helens.
Saints are just two points behind Warrington and looking to extend their recent home run over Leeds, having beaten the Rhinos in the last three meetings at their old Knowsley Road ground.
It nevertheless still rankles that the Rhinos beat the Merseysiders in three matches that mattered more - the successive Grand Finals of 2007-09 - and new Saints coach Royce Simmons is well aware of the rivalry.
Simmons said: "I thought Leeds were pretty good last week.
"The scoreline wasn't a true tale of the game. There was nothing in it for the first 60 minutes.
"So they had a lot of positives and they are a tough side.
"There is a great rivalry between both teams, no doubt about that.
"I could tell that from last time we played them.
"There was plenty of sting in both sides. You can tell there is a bit of history there."
Tomorrow's other game will see Salford City Reds, fresh from announcing the appointment of new coach Matt Parish, host Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The Reds, who will move to a new stadium next year, are hoping to start a new era now but Parish will not take up his post until next month. Phil Veivers will remain in caretaker charge while they will also face a Wildcats side who have won on three of their last four visits to the Willows.