The Crusaders kept the ball in the forwards well and scored in first set through Ryan Murray as the Broncos got to grips in the cold wet conditions. Bury almost evened it straight up in their first set, almost going over but being denied by some stout defending. The Broncos started to put in some great tackles under pressure from the Thatto Heath attackers but were finally undone by some clever play and good movement out wide for Jake Sutton and Tyler Waterworth to go over.
The Broncos in their next set made use of a gap out wide and loaned player Kyle Moore ran a good line to break through the Crusaders defense going in near the corner. Not long after, a strong set and great running by Romao Hall
created a platform for Matty Seymour
who spotted a gap and darted in for the Broncos to bring the scores to 14-8 at half time.
The second half saw both teams start to tire in the difficult wet conditions, the Crusaders Swords exploited gaps out wide to run in tries from Kyle Moore and Jake Sutton but the Broncos never gave up with some good tackling from the forwards; Eden Chemo in his first match especially putting in a good shift.
Finally the hard work paid off when, as in the first half, Matty Seymour
went over in the corner after some good yards from Harrison Heyes, Reece Latham
and Jack Gardiner created the opportunity. It was too little too late for the home side though, and the game ended 12-22.
Special mention for Kyle Moore, Joe Eden and James Metcalfe from Thatto Heath who helped the Broncos out.