Hea­gerty calls for fur­ther Blues im­prove­ment

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

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

Con­tin­ued on 73

●● Giles Hea­gerty

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