Crusaders seek relief from troubles

Welsh club is in crisis but coach believes his struggling team will battle through

At the end of a stressful week, the visit of the club directly above them in the Super League basement almost counts as light relief for the Celtic Crusaders.

With their owner's company in financial trouble, the start of a clear-out of players, an investigation into visa irregularities and talk of relocating to Newport, it has been an unsettling few days, to say the least.

Their coach, John Dixon, is adamant that they will battle through the adversity, but it would be reassuring if they could make a start at that against Salford today.

One of the players on his way out, Damien Quinn, is back in the squad today, along with Matty Smith and Adam Peek, so at least the Crusaders look rather more convincing on the field.

Salford might be only one place above the Welsh club, but they arrive in the Principality in a very different mood, thanks to last weekend's shock victory over the leaders, St Helens.

That win was achieved without the England scrum-half, Richie Myler, who could be sufficiently recovered from a foot injury to play in this one. Jordan Turner is also added to the squad and another of Salford's bright young men, Luke Adamson, plays for the first time since agreeing to a new three-year contract.

Saints, meanwhile, face a Warrington side hungry for a rare Super League win over their neighbours. The Wolves' coach, Tony Smith, has already revealed that Brian Carney will make his first-team debut, while St Helens will be without two of their major influences in Keiron Cunningham and Sean Long. On the brighter side, Leon Pryce returns to try to get Saints back on course.

Third-placed Huddersfield go to Harlequins with Martin Aspinwall, Paul Whatuira, Kevin Brown and Simon Finnigan – all of whom missed last week's win over Wakefield – back in the Giants' squad.

Quins bring Ryan Esders, the forward borrowed from Hull KR last week, straight into their squad. In the continued absence of Rob Purdham, Danny Orr captains the side at the end of a week when he agreed a one-year contract extension.

The highlight of tomorrow's programme is not a Super League match, but Barrow versus Widnes in the final of the Northern Rail Cup at Blackpool. The extra incentive for both clubs is that the winners will be qualified to apply for Super League membership when the licensing procedure takes place again in two years' time.

Widnes, who surprised Halifax in the semi-finals, are the marginal favourites, thanks to their improved form, due in part to loan players like Kevin Penny and Craig Hall.

Barrow will be without the suspended Ned Catic and are sweating on the fitness of their long-serving orchestrator, Darren Holt.

News
The Banksy image in Folkestone before it was vandalised
people
Life and Style
tech

Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts

Sport
football West Brom vs Man Utd match report: Blind grabs point, but away form a problem for Van Gaal
Arts and Entertainment
Gotham is coming to UK shores this autumn
tvGotham, episode 2, review
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Bloom Time: Mira Sorvino
tvMira Sorvino on leaving movie roles for 'The Intruders'
News
First woman: Valentina Tereshkova
peopleNASA guinea pig Kate Greene thinks it might fly
News
Brian Harvey turned up at Downing Street today demanding to speak to the Prime Minister
news

Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested

Arts and Entertainment
George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010
films

George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

Voices
Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'
voices

Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?

Life and Style
A street vendor in Mexico City sells Dorilocos, which are topped with carrot, jimaca, cucumber, peanuts, pork rinds, spices and hot sauce
food + drink

Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets

Life and Style
The charity Sands reports that 11 babies are stillborn everyday in the UK
lifeEleven babies are stillborn every day in the UK, yet no one speaks about this silent tragedy
News
Blackpool is expected to become one of the first places to introduce the Government’s controversial new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)
news

Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination

Life and Style
Northern soul mecca the Wigan Casino
fashionGone are the punks, casuals, new romantics, ravers, skaters, crusties. Now all kids look the same
Life and Style
gaming

I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album