Blues once again the ar­chi­tects of their own down­fall

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RUGBY UNION ALEXANDER HANNAH

MACCLESFIELD head coach Giles Hea­gerty watched with sheer frus­tra­tion as his team’s slow start saw them 14-0 down in­side seven min­utes in a 35-15 de­feat at sec­ond­placed Coven­try.

“The first 11 min­utes killed us,” he groaned. “You could see that once we started play­ing we were a match for them. We’ve scored three well­worked tries but at the same time we’ve had two vis­its to their 22 early in the sec­ond half and made stupid er­rors where, if we had kept hold of the ball, we would have scored.”

Hea­gerty was com­pli­men­tary of their pro­mo­tion-chas­ing hosts but felt his side de­served to come away with at least a point.

“Coven­try have a very pow­er­ful pack and play some nice shapes in the back,” he con­tin­ued. “They’re very ag­gres­sive at the break down.

“But at the same time we’ve slit our own throats again by gift­ing away pos­ses­sion through stupid penal­ties – we were pe­nalised four times for off­side, that’s un­for­giv­able.

“We came here to get points, and we gave our­selves am­ple op­por­tu­nity to do that but we didn’t ex­e­cute when it counted.

“That comes down to de­ci­sion mak­ing, we need to stay calmer. Tech­ni­cally we are a very good side but when it’s mat­tered we haven’t been ac­cu­rate enough, and it’s cost us. we need to make bet­ter de­ci­sions and fo­cus when it mat­ters.”

Sam James played at fly­half, the ab­sence of Tom Morton and Jor­dan Brookes mean­ing Tom Eaton moved to nine and James filled in at 10.

“Con­sid­er­ing he only found out on Thurs­day, he played well, he’s a re­ally good player and has an in­tel­li­gent rugby brain – he will al­ways try and do ev­ery­thing and at half­time I had to tell him not to, which meant he had a much bet­ter sec­ond half.”

The Blues host Black­heath this Satur­day and will be look­ing for their first home win of the sea­son, and to build on re­cent good per­for­mances.

“Black­heath want to con­sol­i­date them­selves in the top half and they ‘nilled’ us down there so we are well aware of how good they are, it’s our job to com­bat that and go out to win the game, we know what we need to im­prove on. But the nil score­line isn’t some­thing we are dwelling on go­ing into game.”

●● Matt O’Re­gan in ac­tion dur­ing the Blues’ loss at Coven­try

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