Blues coach tak­ing pos­i­tives as his side make a point

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RUGBY UNION ALEXAN­DER HAN­NAH

MAC­CLES­FIELD head coach Giles Hea­gerty had plenty of pos­i­tives to take from this week­end’s de­feat to Esher, de­spite hurt­ing from a game he felt they could have won.

Hea­gerty felt that his team’s per­for­mance was fan­tas­tic, but they were the ar­chi­tects of their own down­fall as dis­ci­pline cost them the win.

“Four­teen points came from ill-dis­ci­pline,” he fumed. “We knew what they were go­ing to do, kick to the cor­ner and catch and drive, and lo and be­hold that’s what hap­pened two min­utes into the first half and five min­utes into the sec­ond half.

“That was our own do­ing, take 14 off that score­line and we win that match. Our dis­ci­pline is what let us down; we gave 10 penal­ties away in a match we prob­a­bly de­served to win.”

“The los­ing point is mas­sive. We had a bounce and con­fi­dence about us, things are start­ing to click more than they have done so far. We’ve picked up a cou­ple of bumps but we’ve got other bod­ies to bring in. Dave Mar­wick warmed up with the team which is good, he’s fur­ther along then we thought he would be at this point. Ol­lie Fewtrell is still to come back in also, and Josh Fowles.

“We have good play­ers to come back in yet.”

Hea­gerty was de­lighted to wel­come back skip­per Mike Fin­nemore into his side for the Esher game, and felt that his cap­tain bought a lot to his team’s per­for­mance.

“He leads by ex­am­ple but he re­ally found his voice to­day, you could tell he had a few weeks off,” he re­vealed. “He was say­ing all the right things in the shed be­fore the game and at half­time. It’s just great to have him back in the mix, he brings a bit of edge to us.”

The Blues also wel­comed Sam James and Tom Mor­ton into the side on Satur­day, two loan sign­ings from Sale Sharks. Con­tin­ued on page 68

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● The Blues col­lected a los­ing bonus point against Esher

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