CELTIC Crusaders coach John Dixon hopes his side’s stunning victory at Bradford can prove a stepping stone for greater success.
After 11 successive defeats, the Welsh outfit finally claimed their first engage Super League win with a deserved 30-24 triumph at the Grattan Stadium.
Luke Dyer settled the match when he claimed his second try in the last minute after Paul Sykes had set up a nervy finish by sliding over just moments earlier.
Dixon said: “That will give us a lot of belief we can win games.
“I always felt we could compete but this will give us a bank of knowledge to say yes we can, and that we can survive an onslaught and come through it.
“With this win, there is belief in there now, there is a spring in their step. It’s priceless.”
Chris Beasley, David Tangata-Toa and Lincoln Withers also crossed for the Crusaders while Josh Hannay kicked five crucial goals.
The visitors led for all bar the first seven minutes of the game and Dixon felt the victory was just reward for their efforts.
He added: “This was the first time we were able to match execution to effort.
“I thought our execution was the best it has been. It wasn’t difficult conditions but it was greasy out there and I thought our ball control was outstanding and our kick-chase was great.”
For Bradford, whose season continues to run hot and cold, the mood contrasted sharply with that following their shock win at competition leaders St Helens three weeks ago.
Andy Lynch, Michael Worrincy and Steve Menzies also claimed tries to keep the Bulls in contention but coach Steve McNamara had no complaints about the result.
McNamara said: “We were way off the pace and I’m not sure why. We didn’t have everyone singing off the same hymn sheet and that’s very disappointing for us.
“Credit to Celtic, they worked hard and I deserved the win, no two ways about it. It probably would have been an injustice if we’d snatched it, although we probably could have if we had concentrated from the final kick-off.
In yesterday’s other game, Harlequins beat Wakefield 24-17 at The Stoop.