WHILE North Wales Crusaders ran out of steam late on during their Challenge Cup defeat at Bradford Bulls, the fervent supporters kept going right until the end!

Crusaders’ involvement in the knockout competition came to an end with a 48-2 defeat at the Odsal Stadium, however Carl Forster’s side provided a battling display against their Championship hosts.

Applauding the club’s supporters, Forster said: “As always, they were absolutely brilliant.

“They were still singing songs in the last three-or-four minutes.

“In the last 10 minutes, we didn’t touch the ball.

“We were running on empty but the fans weren’t running on empty!

“They’re first class.”

Visiting fans were able to see their team going ahead in the first half.

Following a promising start to proceedings, Crusaders took the lead courtesy of Owain Abel’s penalty.

Strong Bradford defence meant there was no try for the Crusaders’ supporters to celebrate, but the fans are sure to be out in force once again for this Sunday’s 1895 Cup encounter at home to Widnes Vikings.