Hea­gerty hails best so far as Blues beat San­dal

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH -

ALEXAN­DER HANNAH MAC­CLES­FIELD head coach Giles Hea­gerty was left de­lighted with what he called his side’s best per­for­mance of the sea­son as they picked up their eighth con­sec­u­tive league win and main­tained their 100 per cent home record against San­dal on Satur­day.

“I’m thrilled with that per­for­mance, it’s prob­a­bly the best we’ve played all sea­son. San­dal re­ally came at us, es­pe­cially at the start of the sec­ond half. To be able to score four tries against the strong­est defence in the league was tes­ta­ment to how hard the boys worked.”

For the first time in three weeks, Macc found them­selves with a half time lead, but Hea­gerty in­sisted his side still had things to work on at the break.

The Blues also reaped the ben­e­fits of hav­ing a full front row on the bench, re­plac­ing both props at half time.

“It’s an odd feel­ing but the mes­sage didn’t change – we didn’t feel like we had taken as much con­trol as we could have.

“We weren’t as pa­tient on the ball as I would have liked when we had the ball in the first half and we felt that needed to change.

“It was nice to have an en­tire front row on the bench, it al­lowed us to play with a bit more tempo through­out the match.”

It was the best at­tack against the best defence at Pri­ory Park, and The Blues’ at­tack com­ing out on top as they scored a last-minute try to se­cure yet an­other bonus point. Hea­gerty was very pleased his side were able to break down such a stern defence.

“We know we have to win the game first but in the last two or three min­utes I was hop­ing we would be able to get an­other score to se­cure the bonus, and Ryan showed his class with the fi­nal play to get us over the line.”

The Blues showed that they have a very good defence as well, as they re­stricted the vis­i­tors to just three points for the en­tire match, the first time San­dal have failed to score a try this sea­son.

“They were a very good side, we’ve not al­lowed them to play, you could see they had some very dan­ger­ous backs we knew we had to keep quiet,” said Hea­gerty. “We showed some fan­tas­tic defence, Char­lie Ven­ables was very good from the wing and Max Smith was fan­tas­tic, he gave us a great op­por­tu­nity to keep our line in­tact, he hit every­thing.”

This is San­dal’s first sea­son at this level of rugby, and they faced off with Mac­cles­field for the first time in the clubs’ his­tory. The Blues knew that they came into the game hav­ing al­ready beaten Sedgely Tigers to knock them off top, and they would be plan­ning to do the same to Macc.

“We knew San­dal had taken some big scalps this sea­son, and they wanted to come here and do that. To have played the way we have, and take away their threats, I think that takes some do­ing.”

The Blues are back on the road next week at Har­ro­gate, in what Hea­gerty knows will be an­other hard en­counter for his side.

“Har­ro­gate will be tough, as ev­ery game is at this level. When you’re at the top of the league you’ve got to put a per­for­mance in week in, week out as ev­ery­one wants to knock you off the top spot.”

●● Mas­cot Oliver Bradley with Jor­dan Brookes

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.