Paul Crarey has praised the way his Barrow Raiders side showed their rugby intelligence during last weekend’s Betfred Championship victory over Workington Town. 

An emphatic display away from home saw the Raiders run out 58-0 winners at Derwent Park, scoring 10 tries in total.

A second successive victory means they retain a firm grip on sixth spot in the league table ahead of the upcoming international break. 

Sunday’s Cumbrian derby saw centre Hakim Miloudi make a try-scoring return following his recent eight-match suspension. Meanwhile, fellow countryman Mathieu Cozza also made his Raiders debut after joining on loan from Catalans Dragons.

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Speaking post-match, Crarey said: “I thought we were very good from minute one. We knew they’d come hard, and there was a lot of emotion in those first 10 minutes.

“The game isn’t played on emotions; it’s played on smarts. We did a [pre-match] review and found some areas that we could get at them. 

“Once we got into the swing of things, I thought we were outstanding. We pulled them apart.

“I can’t praise my players enough, they’ve had a tough run. There are no easy games in the Championship, but we’ve come up and done a number on a side who were ready for us. We put them to the sword.”

The Raiders are not back in action until they welcome Halifax Panthers to the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium on Monday 27 June, with tickets available to purchase here

That fixture, which kicks off at 7:45pm, will also be broadcast live on Premier Sports.

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An average of well over 2,000 fans have shown their support at every home game over the course of the season, and Crarey admits he is delighted that his players have been able to repay their faith out on the field.

“I’m so pleased for the fans; they were unbelievable,” he said. “They came up in their droves; I think 120 came up on the train, a supporters bus and cars. 

“They were magnificent and stayed behind at the end. [It’s great to see] how this club has grown over this Championship season in terms of support. They did us proud. 

He added: “I’ll give my team a little bit of time off now, until next Wednesday, before a big build-up for the next game that we’re going to focus on.”

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