NORTH WALES CRUSADERS are beginning to find a ‘ruthless streak’, according to coach Anthony Murray.

Following a four-game losing sequence, the Cru have returned to form in recent weeks with successive League One victories.

A convincing 50-0 triumph at Hemel Stags was followed up by last weekend’s emphatic 66-0 derby success against West Wales Raiders.

Ahead of Sunday’s visit to Coventry Bears, Murray believes his side are playing without pressure in the home stretch of the campaign.

He said: “To score 116 points over the last two weeks is really pleasing, but I’m just as happy with the fact that we’ve not conceded either.

“I think that’s down to us finding that ruthless streak in our game, which hasn’t always been there this season. As well as being dangerous in attack, we’ve held out on our line superbly and defended well, which just shows how competitive we are in all areas of the field.

“We can improve our league position if we do well in our final three games, but it feels like we’re playing with a bit more freedom now.

“We just want to finish the season as well as we can.It’s a tough run-in but we’re still able to overhaul a couple of teams above us and that’s what we’ll try to do.

“The likes of Newcastle have a tough run-in and the pressure’s on them really not to slip up.

“All we’re focused on is turning in our strongest possible performances to end this season on a bit of a high and keep these recent performances going.”

Coventry’s League One campaign has been blighted by inconsistency, with the club 11th in the standings after six wins from their 23 league fixtures.

The Cru inflicted a resounding 42-6 defeat in May’s reverse fixture, running in seven tries in a one-sided contest.

But Murray believes his side cannot afford to underestimate their improving opponents at the Butts Park Arena.

He added: “Coventry have beaten Keighley and West Wales away and have pushed the teams above them close, as we’ve done this season.

“In Paul Emmanueli and Ben Stead there’s some quality and experience there, as well as some good young players in their squad who are learning all the time.

“We can’t go there with any complacency just because we’ve won our las two game - we’ll have to be at our best to get the win.”

Experienced full-back Tommy Johnson could return from injury for the Cru, with Alex Thompson, Simon Atherton and Widnes loanee Dan Norman also in contention.

Saturday’s action sees London Skolars host Hemel, and Workington head to Newcastle.

Leaders York host Oldham on Sunday, when Bradford go to West Wales, Keighley entertain Doncaster and Hunslet visit Whitehaven.