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Celtic Crusaders are hoping to draw a Super League side in the Fourth Round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup after beating National Conference Premier outfit, Eastmoor Dragons 50-10 in Bridgend on Saturday evening.
The Crusaders made hard work of beating a plucky Dragons side in this, a good old-fashioned bruiser of a Cup tie which saw three players sent off following a mass brawl.
Eastmoor were still in the match for almost an hour but the Crusaders eventually showed their superior fitness and ran home four tries in a six minute spell near to the end of the game.
Dean Fitzgerald could have given the Crusaders a first minute lead but pressure caused him to knock on as he was diving for the line.
Eastmoor recovered and their authoritative attacking was rewarded with a try, Michael Brown running through in the corner to give the visitors a shock lead.
Crusaders took ten minutes to get back into the game. Terry Martin could have gone over for a debut try but dropped Luke Young