Heagerty calls for further Blues improvement
RUGBY UNION ALEX HANNAH
MACCLESFIELD picked up their second win on the bounce and continued their fine home record on Saturday against Tynedale.
The Blues won 33-26 and secured the five points to go 14 clear at the helm of National Two North due to Sedgley Park not playing. Macc did concede their first try scoring bonus point of the season though, with the visitors from the north east bagging four tries, something which upset head coach Giles Heagerty, who believes his side must continue to strive for improvement.
“Defensively we’ve got work to do,” he said. “It’s the first time this season we’ve conceded the four try bonus point and there were too many clean line breaks. As a side we’re trying to evolve, and I think we’re showing that in our attack but we seemed to switch off defensively. I just felt that we didn’t really hit anybody.”
Heagerty was full of praise for Saturday’s visitors, and felt that they showed great heart to push Macc until the dying moments of the game.
The head coach also pointed out that his side were a little error prone, but said that was to be expected with the brand of rugby they encourage.
“There’s always going to be errors creeping in when you play the style of rugby that we like to play,” he said. “The second half was always going to be tough, but we knew we would have to keep playing and knew we would have to score.
“Tynedale knew too and showed they were very much in the game. Tynedale are in a hell of a fight at the minute, that’s no disrespect to them and you could see the determination they had, they put us to the sword at points and played well late on to get something out of the game.”
Ryan Parkinson got a hat trick, and made it five
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