Mr Mac­cles­field brings up 200 mile­stone

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - ALEX HANNAH

MAC­CLES­FIELD’S game against Har­ro­gate marked a mile­stone for hooker Sam Moss, also known as Mr Mac­cles­field.

Sam joined Mac­cles­field Rugby Club as a young­ster and went through the age groups, and now has made 200 league ap­pear­ances for the club, which is both tes­ta­ment to the man him­self, and the club’s thriv­ing mini/ju­nior sec­tion that has re­cently fea­tured on ITV news.

The Blues hooker, who has re­cently started his own busi­ness, SJM Car­pen­try and Join­ery made his na­tional league de­but for The Blues back in 2007 against Bev­er­ley, Sam went on to make him­self one of the first names on the team sheet, and is still an ever present in The Blues line up.

Head coach Giles Hea­gerty was first to sing Sam’s praises and be­lieves he has the model at­ti­tude for any rugby player, part time or pro.

“Its an un­be­liev­able achieve­ment to get 200 ap­pear­ances at hooker. He works his socks off and is tire­less, he’s the first through the wall ev­ery week.

“It’s un­real. Sam al­ways de­mands more from him­self and he de­mands more from the peo­ple around him, that’s what you want.

“A lot has been made about cul­ture within rugby, this is the cul­ture you want, you want play­ers like Sam. He rarely says much but he al­ways man­ages to lift things around him.”

Chair­man Peter Harper also speaks very highly of Sam, but also says it’s a won­der­ful achieve­ment for the club to see one of it’s mini/ju­nior play­ers go on and make so many ap­pear­ances for the first team, in­clud­ing be­ing part of two, Na­tional Two ti­tle win­ning squads.

“Two hun­dred ap­pear­ances in na­tional league rugby is in­cred­i­ble and even more im­pres­sive from the front row.

“Sam has really put his marker down this sea­son, two good hook­ers have come into the club, but he’s worked hard to make sure the start­ing first team jer­sey is still his own. His li­ne­out is in­cred­i­ble and de­fence fan­tas­tic.

“Sam has come through the mi­nis and ju­niors, he’s a Macc lad born and bred so it makes it a lit­tle more spe­cial that he’s got that achieve­ment.”

Sam will make it 201 this Satur­day against Le­ices­ter Li­ons at Priory Park as The Blues look to make it 10 from 10 and main­tain their 100% home record this sea­son.

He expects it to be a tough game, and ad­mit­ted the most im­por­tant thing was a win, not his per­sonal achieve­ment!

“To­day was all about get­ting the win, it’s a tough place to come. I didn’t re­alise that my 200th was to­day but ob­vi­ously I’m very pleased to do it for my child­hood club.

“We go on to next week and know we need an­other win, it’ll be tough and they’re a good side, but we know what we’ve got to do.”

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