Havens excellent season carries though their winning run came to an end after this 12 all Draw in North Wales but they still remain unbeaten since March
Whitehaven had opened the scoring with just two minutes on the clock. After the Crusaders knocked-on in front of their own posts, Whitehaven made use of possession as they shifted the ball out wide to Jordan Burns who went over in the corner.
The visitors then passed up on two opportunities to extend their lead as they knocked on twice whilst attacking the Crusaders’ line, leaving the score at 0-4.
As the hosts looked to respond, they sent the ball into the corner. However, strong defence from Whitehaven saw Dale Bloomfield forced into touch and possession changed hands.
Minutes later the Crusaders had their first real chance of the game as Earl Hurst powered his way through the Whitehaven line, only to drop the ball before he could ground it.
The home side then saw another effort ruled out as Simon Atherton sent Taylor Prell over in the corner, but play was pulled back as the pass was deemed forward.
With 24 minutes gone, Whitehaven doubled their lead as Burns caught a high kick into the corner and took the ball over the line to extend the visitor’s advantage to eight points.
As the first-half drew to a close, the Crusaders had a chance to open their account for the afternoon. As Atherton chipped the ball over Whitehaven’s defence, Kenny Baker chased and came close to getting a finger to the ball to score. However, Whitehaven’s scrambling defence managed to kick the ball dead before it could be grounded.
With just eight points separating the teams as they entered the second half, the game was there for the taking.
With 51 minutes on the clock, the hosts opened their account. After driving his way through the Whitehaven defence, Joe Bate reached out to ground the ball over the line, reducing Whitehaven’s lead to just two points.
The Crusaders then took the lead for the first time in the game as Atherton caught Ryan Smith’s kick into the corner and offloaded to Prell who darted over the whitewash in the corner, taking the scores to 10-8 in the Welsh sides favour.
However, Whitehaven responded quickly as just minutes later Dion Aiye stepped his way through the Crusaders’ defence to score, putting the visitors two points ahead.
With just six minutes remaining, the Crusaders had a try disallowed and were then awarded a penalty, which Tommy Johnson converted to take the score to 12-12.