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Crane aiming to keep scoring run going

Rhys Crane certainly enjoyed his afternoon’s work last Saturday as he ran in four tries in the 55-15 win over Moseley at Vallis Way.

It was the third match in a row that Crane ended the match on the scoresheet and it helped Ealing Trailfinders lift themselves off the bottom of the Greene King IPA Championship. 

The right wing was unable to add the STORM Watches man of the match award though, which went to fullback Luke Daniels, who set up two of Crane’s tries and converted two of the team’s seven tries.

“It was a nice feeling, it’s been a while, ” Crane said. “It’s usually ones or two’s, but I don’t think I’ve scored a hat-trick or four. It’s a nice feeling. 

“It is a case of being in the right place at the right time and having Lukey Daniels making breaks and putting you away in the corner helps a lot.”

Ealing Trailfinders were in desperate need of a win over the side who started the day three points above them. The win lifted them two points above the Birmingham-based side and ended a run of three previous defeats to them this season. 

After a Charlie Foley penalty and Adam Caves try gave Moseley an 8-0 lead Phil Chesters opened Ealing Trailfinders account before Crane grabbed the first of his four to give Ben Ward’s side the lead. 

There were also tries from Adam Preocanin and a penalty try on the stroke of full-time. However, it is the only the team’s fourth victory of the season and the first since their 28-22 win over London Scottish on Boxing Day. As such there is the realisation that the team will need to repeat the level of performance if they want to avoid relegation. 

“That is the minimum standard, ” Crane added. “We have put it into our hands, rather than rely on other people’s results’ and taken control of our destiny. 

“We have a good squad and a good bunch of guys and good coaches. It is application and reaching our potential and we went some way to doing that on Saturday.”

Next is a trip up the M1 to take on the in-form Bedford Blues at Goldington Road on Saturday. 

Mike Rayer’s team are currently fourth and on-course for a place in the play-offs, but lost 39-31 to Rotherham Titans last weekend.

“They are a good side and playing well, ” Crane said. “They’ve lost a few, but that’s neither here nor there as we’ve lost more than our fair share. 

“They are a good attacking side and like to throw the ball around. We know we have to go up another level in defence and try and shut them down. We’re confident in our attack, so as long as our defence is up there we should be good to go.”