Hea­gerty left dis­ap­pointed by thriller

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RUGBY UNION ALEXANDER HANNAH MACCLESFIELD Blues head coach Giles Hea­gerty was again left dis­ap­pointed af­ter his team came away with an­other loss at Pri­ory Park af­ter putting them­selves in a strong po­si­tion at the break.

The Blues were up by two points at half time against Cin­der­ford thanks to two tries from vice­cap­tain Jor­dan Brookes and one a piece for Josh Fowles and Ollie Fewtrell.

“To go in win­ning at half time from 22-5 down showed a lot of char­ac­ter and rugby abil­ity, we played some bril­liant stuff and Ollie Fewtrell scored an out­stand­ing solo try. In the sec­ond half we didn’t touch the ball early on but then when we did Rho­dri Mayor scored a try. But af­ter that we didn’t touch it for nearly 20 min­utes and by that point the game had gone.”

Hea­gerty ad­mit­ted that from a neu­tral point of view the game will have been bril­liant, but said scor­ing five tries at home should not re­sult in a de­feat.

“We’ve scored five tries and lost. For the neu­tral it was bril­liant, 75 points in the glo­ri­ous sun­shine, happy days. We lacked con­trol, we came un­der pres­sure at the scrum and I’m not too sure why, it didn’t nec­es­sar­ily de­cide the game but it had a big im­pact on the mo­men­tum of the game and we know that plays a very big part. We’ve played some sub­lime rugby in parts but fair play to Cin­der­ford they came and had a game plan and ex­e­cuted it.”

Be­sides be­ing the fi­nal home game of the sea­son, it was also a the fi­nal game as a player for Chris Jones who will take up a coach­ing role at the club and the fi­nal game at home for head of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Caron Doyle.

The Blues have one fi­nal game left of this Na­tional One cam­paign, and Hea­gerty hopes that his side can give one last big ef­fort be­fore they can en­joy a cou­ple of months off.

“We’ve got two prac­tices left and then 80 min­utes, be­fore two months off. Weve got to count the costs of to­day, we’ve had a cou­ple of nasty bumps but we’ve got to dust our­selves off one last time and give a big fi­nal 80 min­utes of Na­tional One rugby.”

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