Macc coach scrap-happy after Tynedale trip

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RUGBY UNION ALEXAN­DER HAN­NAH

MAC­CLES­FIELD head coach Giles Hea­gerty was thrilled to have re­turned home with his side’s sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son after their trip to sec­ond-bot­tom side Tynedale.

The Blues won 20-22 in a hard-fought scrappy af­fair at Tynedale Park.

De­spite vic­tory, Hea­gerty was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed not to se­cure the four-try bonus point, which would have also seen them deny Tynedale any­thing from the af­ter­noon.

“Tynedale is a tough place to go,” said Hea­gerty. “It was not the most en­ter­tain­ing of rugby games, although not get­ting the five points does take a bit away from it, the way the game panned out.

“But at the end of the day it’s a win.”

The Blues had the chances to se­cure that bonus point but un­forced er­rors saw them squan­dered when they had been deep in Tynedale ter­ri­tory.

“Things seemed a lit­tle off to­day for some rea­son,” added the coach.

“Our con­sis­tency and tim­ing wasn’t quite right but I wouldn’t put that down to changes in per­son­nel, the game was very stop-start and that doesn’t help.

“Tyne were com­pet­i­tive at the break­down and that stopped us from get­ting go­ing.”

The 20 points the Blues con­ceded was their best de­fen­sive dis­play of the sea­son and the sec­ond half saw barely a penalty con­ceded, some­thing which pleased Hea­gerty after his side’s de­fence and dis­ci­pline had come un­der scru­tiny over the sea­son.

“The coaches and I were talk­ing in the warm-up that we had a real in­ten­sity about us to­day, and that showed in our de­fence through­out the match and es­pe­cially after we had kicked the goal to win the game.

“The way we de­fended after that was fan­tas­tic, we re­ally dug deep.”

●● The Blues’ sec­ond win of the sea­son came at Tynedale at the week­end

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