COUGARS 18-30 North Wales Crusaders – Live Match Blog

Keighley Cougars v North Wales Crusaders Live Match Blog by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport) in association with A1 Stairlifts.

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Sheffield Eagles 36-28 Whitehaven
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Workington Town 32-18 Barrow Raiders

FULL TIME – Keighley Cougars 18-30 North Wales Crusaders


80 min – Penalty after the hooter from North Wales brings a failed drop goal attempt from which Cougars break and win a penalty and DJ opts to take the two to hopefully grab the bonus point and all but secure Championship status for 2015.

79 min – Just going to say it, absolute clown refereeing gives Crusaders a penalty which was a Cougars free play. Actually speechless.

79 min – Tiger penalty fails to reach touch and Rob Massam is away down the left hand channel.

78 min – CRUSADERS CONVERSION – Tommy Johnson converts. Cougars 16-30 Crusaders.

ATTENDANCE – 893; Sponsors MOTM – Andy Shickell; Yorkshire Times MOTM – Danny Jones.

77 min – CRUSADERS TRY – Jono Smith powers over to wrap the game up. Cougars 16-28 Crusaders.

CRUSADERS INTERCHANGES (10/10) – Jono Smith and Ryan Duffy replace Matt Gee and Seb Martins.

75 min – And arguably, there it goes after a poor kick over the top by Tiger.

75 min – Another Cougars scrum have to score in the next two minutes to stand any chance of victory or even a draw.

74 min – Ball goes into touch and Cougars win a scrum.

73 min – Shocker by Marchy on the last there. Crusaders ball on the turnover.

73 min – DJ goes down injured but gets up to carry on and the referee restarts play and the clock.

COUGARS INTERCHANGE (9/10) – Jode Sheriffe & Marchy replace Ash Lindsay & Paddy.

71 min – Cougars penalty. Kick to touch by Tiger.

71 min – Great tackle by Cravo at last man forces a knock on by Adamson. Cougars free play.

68 min – After a fiesty few minutes, it’s calmed down here at Cougar Park. Cougars have got to keep North Wales out now, especially with Whitehaven & Batley’s scores in our favour.

CRUSADERS INTERCHANGE (8/10) – Christiaan Roets and Jono Smith replaced by Toby Adamson and Karl Ashall.

65 min – Chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing!” ring out round Cougar Park as Cougars are penalised for crossing. Not far wrong are the North Stand.

65 min – James Craven has his head taken off by an absolutely disgraceful tackle. Linesman straight on.

64 min – Great kick to touch by Tiger from the penalty. Only twenty out from the line now.

COUGARS INTERCHANGE (7/10) – Buster returns in place of Marchy.

64 min – Cougars Scrum. Formed quickly to stop the clock.

62 min – Sloppy on the line by Cougars, North Wales defending for there lives but still looking good in attack.

61 min – Clever kick on the last from DJ but Richie Barnett goes into touch.

59 min – Crusaders playing dirty now. Won’t be long til’ this blows up on the field.

58 min – Crusaders ten metres out but knock on. Scrum to the Crusaders somehow though.

57 min – This stupid obstruction in attack rule bites the Cougars on the backside. North Wales possession.

57 min – Cougars looking the more dangerous side since the restart, next try has to be Keighley’s though to stand any chance of completing the comeback.

COUGARS INTERCHANGE (6/10) – Elliott Cosgrove makes his return from a four month absence to replace Oliver Pursglove.

55 min – Crusaders scrum after a little bit of afters between James Haley and Greg Wilde.

54 min – Knock on in the tackle by Adamson. Cougars scrum.

CRUSADERS INTERCHANGE (6/10) – Seb Martins and Matt Gee return to replace Toby Adamson and Gary Middlehurst.

53 min – Cougars playing with more confidence this half. It’s been the ultimate game of two halves so far.

COUGARS INTERCHANGE (5/10) – Shick and Paddy return to replace Jode and Chezza.

52 min – COUGARS CONVERSION – Easy as they come for DJ. Cougars 16-24 Crusaders.

51 min – COUGARS TRY – Josh Lynam finds a gap and races in under the posts. Cougars 14-24 Crusaders.

50 min – Cougars penalty as Ash Lindsay is manhandled.

CRUSADERS INTERCHANGE (4/10) – Christiaan Roets replaces Jono Smith.

49 min – The bad afternoon for Mr Crashley continues as he misses an even more obvious ball steal.

48 min – Olly Pursglove puts the ball down on the line but it’s missed by the referee and a kick cross field is knocked out. Crusaders dropout.

46 min – Cougars back to back penalties. Can’t help but feel the next score has to be from Keighley this afternoon.

44 min – Great bouncing kick by Tiger sees Richie Barnett score in the corner. But Crashley keeps up his antics of the day and brings it back for a Crusaders penalty for offside.

43 min – COUGARS CONVERSION – DJ converts his own try. Cougars 10-24 Crusaders.

42 min – COUGARS TRY – DJ takes the ball and throws a couple of dummies to cross. Cougars 8-24 Crusaders.

41 min – Cougars win a penalty for obstruction. Look to start in the same way North Wales began the game.

KICK OFF – Tommy Johnson restarts the game here at Cougar Park.

15:53 – The Cougars return for the second half. IT’S COUGARTIME! PART TWO!

15:46 – AS IT STANDS
5 – Dewsbury Rams 46
6 – Sheffield Eagles 45
7 – Workington Town 44
8 – Keighley Cougars 41
9 – Whitehaven 39
10 – Batley Bulldogs 38

HALF TIME – Keighley Cougars 4-24 North Wales Crusaders.

39 min – Cougars win a scrum ten in front of there own posts.

38 min – Ash Lindsay penalised by Mr Crashley. Crusaders kick to touch.

37 min – The big Crusaders pack has proved a problem from the off to the Cougars, should stand a better chance going downhill in the second half.

36 min – Neil Cherryholme somehow misses the pass from Tiger. Crusaders have possession once again.

35 min – James Craven nearly in for the Cougars. Should have offloaded to Richie for a walk in though.

35 min – HALLEJULAH! The referee finally penalises the Crusaders, for a forward pass. Cougars scrum. Formed quickly to halt the clock.

34 min – Paul White looks to go over in the corner again, only to be put into touch. Crusaders scrum.

32 min – Marchy penalised for holding a leg up after the held call.

CRUSADERS INTERCHANGE (3/10) – Lee Hudson replaces Karl Ashall.

30 min – Cougars dropout after a great kick in behind the posts from Ashall.

30 min – Cougars do fantastically well to keep the big man Jono Smith from adding a fifth try for the visitors.

29 min – Big hit by Pursglove sends Rob Massam flying.

28 min – Paul March doesn’t play the ball correctly from the tackle. Crusaders penalty.

27 min – 40/20 by Karl Ashall. Crusaders Scrum. Nothing going right for the Cougars.

COUGARS INTERCHANGES (3/10) – Marchy & Chezza replace Buster & Shick.

26 min – CRUSADERS CONVERSION – Another easy two pointer for Johnson. Cougars 4-24 Crusaders.

25 min – CRUSADERS TRY – Jono Smith breaks through a challenge and gets the offload to Toby Adamson who’s in underneath the posts. Cougars 4-22 Crusaders.

25 min – Linesman flags for Scott Turner in touch but the referee reverses the decision and awards Crusaders a penalty.

24 min – Don’t know what happened with the pass there but Crusaders come away with the ball.

23 min – Richie Barnett unlucky not to get over for the Cougars there.

COUGARS INTERCHANGE (1/10) – Jode Sheriffe is on in place of Paddy.

23 min – Cougars penalty. Tiger kicks to touch.

CRUSADERS INTERCHANGE (2/10) – Jono Smith & Ryan Duffy replace Matt Gee & Seb Martins.

21 min – Howler by DJ from the tee. Scores remain at Cougars 4-18 Crusaders.

20 min – COUGARS TRY – Four straight sets on the line finally pay off as Whitey is over in the corner. Cougars 4-18 Crusaders.

19 min – Holding down in the tackle. Cougars penalty.

19 min – James Craven held up over the line. Cougars to restart with five tackles left in the set.

19 min – Crusaders penalised from the penalty for offside.

18 min – Crusaders penalised for a very high tackle on Danny Lawton. Cougars penalty ten metres out.

17 min – Crusaders collect the kick on the last and look to break but James Haley knocks him into touch. North Wales to dropout.

16 min – Paul White catches the ball and looks to break, tackled after ten metres though.

15 min – CRUSADERS CONVERSION – Another great kick from the sideline by Johnson. Cougars 0-18 Crusaders.

13 min – CRUSADERS TRY – From the penalty, Scott Turner is over in the corner. Cougars 0-16 Crusaders.

13 min – Penalty Crusaders. Ball steal by Ash Lindsay in the two man tackle.

12 min – Penalty Crusaders. High tackle by Andy Shickell.

12 min – Panic by Richie Barneett as Toby Adamson closes in on a loose ball, the winger hoofs it over the North Stand. Crusaders scrum.

10 min – CRUSADERS CONVERSION – Great kick in the wind by Tommy Johnson. Cougars 0-12 Crusaders.

9 min – CRUSADERS TRY – Grubber kick by Govin catches out Richie Barnett and Massam touches down in the corner. Cougars 0-10 Crusaders.

8 min – Cougars haven’t switched on this afternoon at all. Crusaders looking the stronger team.

6 min – Ball goes dead, scrum to the Cougars.

4 min – Tommy Johnson just manages to avoid going behind the line in the tackle.

3 min – Dallimore kick reaches touch behind the posts. Cougars scrum.

3 min – Cougars restart, looking to recover from that early shock.

2 min – CRUSADERS CONVERSION – Tommy Johnson converts with ease. Cougars 0-6 Crusaders.

1 min – CRUSADERS TRY – The Cougars are caught napping from the kick off and Stephen Wild is in underneath the posts. Cougars 0-4 Crusaders.

KICK OFF – Danny Jones has us underway here at Cougar Park.


14:59 – Cru Cru are onto the field ahead of this afternoon’s game.

14:56 – The sides have headed back into the sheds, it’s nearly time to go here at Cougar Park!

14:47 – SPONSORS: Main Match Sponsor – Datacable & Exa Networks; Man of the Match – Dick Hudsons; Champagne Moment Sponsor – Napoleons Casino & Restaurant; Community Match Sponsor – University Academy Keighley; Teamsheet – Shipley College.

14:45 – MATCH OFFICIALS: Referee – Mr T Crashley; Touch Judges – Mr C Etchells & Mr D Griffiths; Reserve Official – Mr J Woodman; Match Commissioner – Mr P Crashley.

14:40 – TEAM NEWS:

Cougars make one change to last weeks thirteen as Oliver Pursglove replaces the injured Brendon Rawlins in the starting thirteen. One change to the interchanges as well as Elliott Cosgrove returns for the first time since Good Friday to take the place of

1 – James Craven
2 – Richie Barnett
19 – Danny Lawton
4 – James Haley
5 – Paul White
6 – Danny Jones
7 – Paul Handforth (C)
8 – Andy Shickell
9 – James Feather
10 – Sean Hesketh
11 – Josh Lynam
33 – Oliver Pursglove
13 – Ash Lindsay

3 – Elliott Cosgrove
14 – Paul March
16 – Jode Sheriffe
18 – Neil Cherryholme

1 – Tommy Johnson
36 – Scott Turner
23 – Greg Wilde
17 – Stuart Reardon
27 – Rob Massam
37 – Mick Govin (L)
7 – Jamie Dallimore
11 – Toby Adamson
19 – Karl Ashall
30 – Seb Martins
21 – Matt Gee (L)
14 – Stephen Wild
29 – Gary Middlehurst

3 – Christiaan Roets
13 – Jono Smith
24 – Lee Hudson
BLANK – Ryan Duffy (L)

DENOTES: (C) – Captain; (L) – Loan.

14:35 – Good Afternoon and welcome to Cougar Park as the Cougars welcome recently relegated North Wales Crusaders for a game which could secure Championship status for the 2015 campaign.

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