North Wales Crusaders’ head coach Clive Griffiths won’t be overplaying the Welsh derby against South Wales Scorpions at The Gnoll on Sunday (3pm).
The experienced former Wales international coach has said that his squad will be treating it as any other normal game despite the nation’s rugby league bragging rights for 2013 being at stake.
“It’s just another game for us,” he said. “It’s fantastic to have north Wales v south Wales going head-to-head again in a competitive environment and it’s great for the fans to get behind their ‘region’ but I don’t want to overplay it.
“We’re both building for next season and we will do the best we can. Next year, both of us will be hell-bent on getting out of this league and into the Championship.
“We’re looking at the players we have and how we’re going to do that in regards to recruitment for next year. I’m sure Dave Clark at the Scorpions is doing the same thing.
“Right now, we’re playing teams who are at a similar level as us in the league. We know that Scorpions can play well so we’re on our guard. Us, Scorpions, London and Gateshead are all in a bit of a mini league now to get at least seventh place.
“We’re going into every game believing we can win and that’s how far we’ve come.
The Scorpions will be looking at us as a winnable game to take them up the table and they’ll want to jump over us by the end of the season.”
Griffiths, pleased at how the season has gone, says that the club’s biggest asset has been their fans, who will almost certainly follow the club in droves in their pilgrimage to the south this Sunday.
“I’m amazed at the support we have and I want to give the fans a massive pat on the back,” he said. “There’s a great rapport between players and fans, we’ve been attending events with the supporters, and win lose or draw they’re 100 per cent behind you.
“We took hundreds to Rochdale the week before last and I think we’ll have hundreds coming down to south Wales too.
“It was like a home game in Gateshead the week before that as we outnumbered their fans. There might as well be thousands the way they get behind the team, even in the bad times. I expect them to be at The Gnoll as that’s how they are.”
Tickets for the encounter are now on sale and can be bought by going to www.scorpionsrl.com