London Skolars opened their National League Two campaign on Good Friday with a defeat at home to league favourites Celtic Crusaders.
The Welsh side took an early 12 lead with tries to Terry Martin and Gareth Dean with Damien Quinn adding both conversions. Skolars back row Jermaine Coleman pulled back a try and conversion to make it 12 – 6, before setting up centre Chris Shears for a try to close the gap to just two points.
Twenty minutes in and the Crusaders extended their advantage through winger Craig Richards with a conversion from Quinn. The visitors then pulled away from Skolars with further tries from Paul Ballard, a second from Richards and an effort on the stroke of half time from Richard Johnston to send them in with a 22 point advantage.
After the break Johnston added his second try, followed by another from Dean Fitzgerald to effectively end the match as a contest. Late tries to Kurt Pittman and a second for the impressive Coleman were to give the Skolars some consolation.
London Skolars: (10) 18
Tries: Coleman 2, Shears, Pittman
Celtic Crusaders: (32) 42
Tries: Richards 2, Martin, Fitzgerald, Johnson 2, Ballard, Dean
Goals: Quinn 5