Macc coach scrap-happy after Tynedale trip

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The Blues wel­comed back Mar­shall Gadd to their start­ing line-up. The man on loan from Rother­ham was part of a Blues pack that dom­i­nated the scrum for 80 min­utes on Satur­day.

“Marsh is a great player, it’s not just what he does on the field but off it,” added Hea­gerty. “We have had to jig­gle around to­day be­cause of in­juries through­out the match; we had props in the sec­ond and back row,but the pack as an eight at all times to­day were very good.”

Mac­cles­field face the ta­ble-top­pers, bigspend­ing Eal­ing this Satur­day, which is sure to be a stern test, but with a bit of mo­men­tum, Hea­gerty feels his side shouldn’t be writ­ten off, in­sist­ing: “It will be very tough, but they have been in some very tight af­fairs and Cin­der­ford showed the blue­print for beat­ing them. We must fo­cus on our per­for­mance and pro­cesses, es­pe­cially in de­fence and get our shape right, we must re­alise we have a real op­por­tu­nity.”

Tom Mor­ton, the young fly-half on loan from Sale Sharks, has been called up to the Eng­land Un­der-20 squad for their Six Na­tions cam­paign. Hav­ing played un­der Hea­gerty be­fore the coach isn’t sur­prised by his eye-catch­ing form.

“He’s al­ways been a spe­cial tal­ent,” he said. “I think from our point of view he’s come in and done a re­ally good job.

“A se­lec­tor was at the Esher match and he had a fan­tas­tic game that day.

“It’s dif­fi­cult be­cause you al­ways want to keep hold of your best play­ers and Tom is cer­tainly one of our bet­ter play­ers.

“You don’t want to lose him but to go and be in­volved in the Un­der-20s Six Na­tions is fan­tas­tic.”

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