As the 52 amateurs clubs are announced for the 2019 Challenge Cup we will take a look at how the North Herts Crusaders have earned their shot at glory after a wonderful 2018 season in the East RL division.
Having only been founded in 2012, North Herts secured their third East RL Title in 2018 after going unbeaten in the League and losing just three games all season.
2019 will see them look to improve in all areas as they will look in win the East RL cup after finishing runners-up to Bedford Tigers last season.
The Crusaders also took part in the Harry Jepson trophy in 2018. They losed their semi-final 44-0 to Hammersmith Hill Hoists
However, they contested the final against All Golds, due to Hammersmith’s inability to field a side, and they managed to keep the South West RL Champions to within ten points in a tightly contested 32-22 loss.
In addition to this, North Herts also managed to pick up both the Cup and the Shield in the pre-season annual East RL 9s tournament.
Of their 14 games in all competitions last season they won 11 of them, losing just three times.
They scored 374 points in the process and conceded just 248.
Entering the first round of the Challenge Cup is a massive step for North Herts as they look to lead the way for the rest of the East Region in Rugby League.