Blues told it’s time to stand up and be counted

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - RUGBY UNION

ALEXAN­DER HAN­NAH MAC­CLES­FIELD suf­fered their sixth straight de­feat of the sea­son last week­end at the hands of Tynedale and head coach Giles Hea­gerty was full of dis­ap­point­ment after the game.

The Blues, in sim­i­lar fash­ion to the pre­vi­ous week at Dar­ling­ton, got out of the blocks quicker than their op­po­si­tion but this time were re­warded with points on the score­board. Although Macc trailed at half-time, they were the bet­ter of the two sides in the first half and were very much still in the game.

How­ever, the sec­ond­half per­for­mance was very dis­ap­point­ing for the Blues and ended with another heavy de­feat.

“We came out of the traps re­ally well and prob­a­bly de­served to be up at half-time and the sec­ond half was a ca­pit­u­la­tion,” said Hea­gerty.

“For 30 min­utes they were very good. We knew they were go­ing to have a good set piece and be well drilled and we knew they would have a slick set of backs. We just didn’t man­age them prop­erly.

“Once again we had five op­por­tu­ni­ties and the set piece failed us.”

Hea­gerty will be look­ing for a big re­sponse from his play­ers after ad­mit­ting they ‘had a very hon­est dis­cus­sion after the game’. He even ques­tioned the ‘bot­tle’ of cer­tain play­ers, seem­ingly to rile them and pro­voke a re­ac­tion as they visit big-spend­ing Eal­ing Trail­find­ers next week­end.

“Peo­ple lost their bot­tle, to be bru­tally hon­est,” Hea­gerty added.

“There are a num­ber of peo­ple in the team right now who are not do­ing their job. In­di­vid­u­als need to re­spond to that in a pos­i­tive way.

“I think what peo­ple need to do is spend more time be­ing self-crit­i­cal or an­a­lyt­i­cal – peo­ple might think they are bet­ter play­ers than they are; it’s rare that I would talk about some­thing like this but peo­ple need to start stand­ing up and be­ing counted.”

Eal­ing away is a very tough prospect for the Blues, who go into the game with noth­ing to lose as peo­ple will be writ­ing them off go­ing away to the league lead­ers.

“It’s go­ing to be tough, they’re top of the league,” said Hea­gerty.

“They’re spend­ing a mil­lion try­ing to get back into the cham­pi­onship.

“They play on a 3G pitch so it’s go­ing to be quick and hard work.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.