Macc must up de­fen­sive game

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ALEXAN­DER HAN­NAH HE Blues main­tained their fine start to the sea­son with a first win away from Pri­ory Park when they trav­elled to bot­tom of the league Broad­street – but it was a per­for­mance which left coach Giles Hea­gerty frus­trated.

De­spite his team get­ting another bonus point win, Hea­gerty was less than im­pressed by his team’s de­fen­sive ef­forts. The Blues won 37-53, a fine at­tack­ing ef­fort, but a de­fen­sive dis­play that wor­ried the man at the helm.

“Five points on the road, three on the bounce, we’ll take that. But the man­ner of the per­for­mance left a lit­tle to be de­sired,” he said.

“Con­ced­ing thirty seven points isn’t good, and that’s go­ing to take some re­view­ing. We’ve got a frus­trated group of play­ers again. We looked great when we kept the ball, when we kept it we scored tries, but we coughed up pos­ses­sion far to easily and opted out of tack­ling in de­fence.”

De­spite the de­fen­sive frail­ties, Hea­gerty was quick to pick up on some fine at­tack­ing moves and great in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances, in­clud­ing El­liot Brierley who grabbed a hat-trick.

“We’ve scored some re­ally good tries, a cou­ple of great in­di­vid­ual scores. Rho­dri Mayor had a great game, El­liot Brierley

Ts­cored a hat-trick and El­liot Mil­lar-Mills was fan­tas­tic as well, he just keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. When we stuck to our shape and game plan we looked good and ef­fec­tive. Peo­ple are try­ing to do things out­side the or­di­nary – the or­di­nary is nice some­times, peo­ple just need to do their job, when we go away from that, that’s when er­rors tend to sneak in.”

The Blues saw yel­low twice in the game, which equates to 14 men for 20 min­utes. It was another el­e­ment that frus­trated Hea­gerty, who felt ill dis­ci­pline like that could have cost them in other games.

Mac­cles­field face South Le­ices­ter at home this week­end, and Giles is look­ing for­ward to another tough test against a team that come into the game in fine form.

“South Le­ices­ter will be very tough, es­pe­cially if we de­fend like we did against Broad­street. We’re mas­ters of our own demise at the mo­ment, that’s down to

‘We’re mas­ters of our own demise at the mo­ment, that’s down to in­di­vid­u­als to sort out’

in­di­vid­u­als to sort out. It could be our tough­est game yet, they come in on pretty good form. We’ve got to con­cen­trate on us though, in­di­vid­u­als need to get clued up and stay switched on for longer pe­ri­ods of the game. When that hap­pens, we’ve seen in spells what we’re fully ca­pa­ble of.”

SI­MON PENDRIGH

●● Mac­cles­field hat-trick hero El­liott Brierley

●● Lau­ren McNeil, right, col­lected the bronze medal in the Home Moun­tain Run­ning cham­pi­onships

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