Blues’ new blood should give ail­ing team a boost, says coach

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -


THE Blues suf­fered their fourth home de­feat of the sea­son and still re­main win­less, but this Satur­day’s per­for­mance was by far the most im­pres­sive of the sea­son.

Mac­cles­field-played host to fourth-placed Coven­try, and most will have been shocked when the hosts went into half-time hav­ing dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings.

De­spite even­tu­ally end­ing in a loss (see page 72) and com­ing away empty handed, head coach Giles Hea­gerty says he could take plenty from the per­for­mance.

“We cer­tainly de­served a los­ing bonus point after the game, if not more, “he said. “We played some out­stand­ing rugby to­day.

“The front row and whole pack gave us a real plat­form to play off.

“We’ve shown to­day that with a plat­form we can re­ally rip into sides, but we need to stick in the game for the full 80 min­utes. This per­for­mance gives us a huge plat­form to now kick on for the rest of the sea­son.”

Hea­gerty handed de­but’s to three play­ers this week­end – Mar­shall Gadd, a prop on loan from Rotheram, Sam James a cen­tre from Sale, and full-back Sam Mar­land from the Cor­nish Pi­rates.

Hea­gerty is also op­ti­mistic about the in­flu­ence th­ese play­ers can have on the squad as a whole.

“Mar­shall Gadd was im­mense but it’s not just the work he has done on the field but the work he has done off it, it’s re­ally helped the boys,” he added. “He gave our front row a bit of con­fi­dence.

“I’ve told the other play­ers that this doesn’t mean that they can have a bit of time off.

“You’ve got to lift your­self to their level and that’s ex­actly what hap­pened to­day.

“You can see from the re­ac­tion at the end of the game how gut­ted they were.”

The Blues travel to Black­heath this week­end look­ing to build on a very strong per­for­mance.

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