ALTHOUGH the unbeaten start to the League 1 season has come to an end, Anthony Murray has been keen to focus on the positives.

North Wales Crusaders, who head to Hunslet on Sunday, suffered their first league defeat of the campaign at home to Keighley Cougars last time out.

Despite this, it's still been a superb start to the campaign and Cru head coach Murray stressed: "We knew full well we were not going to go through the season unbeaten.

"If someone had said we would be top of the league or second at halfway, we would have snapped their hand off."

There are areas for the Crusaders to work on following the 56-12 defeat and Murray added: "In all honesty, that was the strongest team they could have put out.

"Due to injuries, they've not managed to put that team out all season.

"That was the strongest team and that shows massive respect to us.

"They knew they had to be at their best to beat us.

"They beat us in a lot of areas of the game on Saturday and they ran out worthy winners.

"They starved us of possession and you've got to hold your hands up and say it's not our day.

"Keighley have set a benchmark.

"They have set that bar and it's up to us to review our game and strive for those improvements."

Looking ahead to Sunday's clash, Murray added: "It's going to be a tough game versus Hunslet.

"Since we have played Hunslet, they have got players in on loan from Super League.

"There's been a change in personnel there and they'll be wanting to bounce back from defeat at Doncaster.

"They will be really well organised.

"There's areas in our game we need to improve on from the Keighley game."

It's top versus bottom on Sunday as leaders Keighley are favourites to make it 10 wins out of 10 at basement outfit Cornwall.

Third-placed Rochdale travel to Swinton and Oldham host Midlands Hurricanes.

There's one game tomorrow with West Wales Raiders at home to London Skolars.

Super League leaders St Helens are in action on Sunday at home to Hull KR.

Warrington visit Wakefield and Castleford are in France to take on Toulouse

Tonight: Huddersfield v Leeds; Salford v Wigan; Tomorrow: Catalans v Hull.

The semi-final action in the United Rugby Championship kicks off tonight with Leinster taking on Bulls.

It's another Ireland against South Africa on Sunday with Ulster facing Stormers.

Both Premiership semi-finals take place tomorrow. Saracens host Harlequins and Northampton take a trip to champions Leicester.