Crocs up with the front runners

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Old Crossleyans will look to keep pace with the North East One leaders when Northern arrive at Broomfield tomorrow (3.0).

Crocs distanced Sheffield 38-11 on home soil last weekend, leaving them fourth on the league ladder ahead of the meeting with the Newcastle outfit.

Playmaker Gareth Ott led the way with two first half tries, leaving director of rugby Howard Cooper to praise both the stand off’s personal form and Crocs’ collective effort.

“It was a good performance from the whole team, but the half backs in particular were outstanding,” said Cooper.

“Ott scored two extremely good individual tries and his kicking out of hand was very good.

“Chris Vine kicked very well at scrum half and for such a young player he is showing great maturity in his game.

“There are still things we can improve on though; without wanting to be overly critical of the players, because they did perform really well, we can be more clinical.

“There were times when I felt we should have been a bit more patient in attack, but it gives us something to work on.”

Victory tomorrow would leave Crocs firmly among the leading pack, with Cooper keen to make the most of a favourable early-season fixture list.

“We’ve got three out of the first four at home and we’re trying to make the most of that,” he said.

“Tomorrow’s game is another opportunity that we’ll try to take.

“It’s always good to get league points on the board early on.

“It takes the pressure off and gives you something to build on.”