Giles won’t lose heart de­spite Blues’ poor start

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION ALEXAN­DER HAN­NAH

MAC­CLES­FIELD head coach Giles Hea­gerty re­fused to be com­pletely neg­a­tive as his side lost their fifth game from five this sea­son when they trav­elled to the North­ern Echo Arena to face Dar­ling­ton Mow­den Park.

“We played our best rugby of the sea­son for 40 min­utes, but the harsh re­al­ity of Na­tional One is that if you give more than 10 penal­ties away you’ll lose the game – we gave away nine in 20 min­utes.”

The Blues were very im­pres­sive in the first half and de­served to have some sort of score on the card by the mid-way point. But good de­fence and a lack of killer in­stinct al­lowed the home team to go in at half-time 10-0 up, and they ended up win­ning 41-12.

“We talked be­fore the game about how we hadn’t re­ally started and we showed what we’re ca­pa­ble of, we just lacked a lit­tle bit of com­po­sure in the red zone, there were loose passes and knock-ons,” Hea­gerty (right) added.

“If we cut those and the dis­ci­pline is­sues out then we look like we’re in good shape.

“We should have been 10-7 down or bet­ter at half-time. We had three clear op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half and we just didn’t con­vert. It doesn’t re­ally re­flect the game but you’ve got to give credit to how clin­i­cal Dar­ling­ton were, they took their op­por­tu­ni­ties, we didn’t.”

The Blues host Tynedale at Pri­ory Park this Satur­day, a game which is sure to be another tough test as they have only lost once.

Hea­gerty knows what to ex­pect from the vis­i­tors but will be ask­ing his play­ers to con­cen­trate on their own per­for­mance, adding: “They’ll be very strong at the set piece, but we just have to get away from wor­ry­ing about the op­po­si­tion and con­cen­trate on our­selves, we’ve shown this week how much we can im­prove, we now need to move for­ward and im­prove fur­ther.

“We have to come in on Tues­day and get bet­ter, we just have to keep im­prov­ing and build­ing.”

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