Hea­gerty ex­plains Blues’ rusti­ness

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Con­tin­ued from back how quick he is and it is a well taken try but it has come off the back of some good pro­cesses and some of the at­tack that we showed was ex­cel­lent.”

The Blues strug­gled to a put a stamp on the game and con­trol the tempo like they have done so well all sea­son, but, gave credit to the Here­ford­shire side who face a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle to avoid the drop.

“Luc­to­ni­ans are a good side and we knew they were go­ing to be a good side.

“They showed that at their place and they’re ob­vi­ously fight­ing to get them­selves out of the mire down there and if they keep play­ing like that then they are def­i­nitely go­ing to do it.

“We didn’t get any real con­trol of the tempo of the game and that is partly down to Luc­to­ni­ans work in the con­tact ar­eas. Is it all down to us?

“No, but there are cer­tainly things that we need to do bet­ter.”

Hea­gerty was also pleased with some of his side’s in­tent and abil­ity to get the ball into the right ar­eas of the field.

“We might not have come away with points and given away penal­ties but to get our­selves in those po­si­tions is good and that is pleas­ing for coaches be­cause it shows that we are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion. De­fen­sively we weren’t per­haps at the races.”

One of the least pop­u­lar peo­ple in Cheshire on Satur­day af­ter­noon would have been the ref­eree. Af­ter al­low­ing a rather con­tro­ver­sial try to stand and some unique in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the break down, Hea­gerty was in­trigued by how the ref­eree saw what was go­ing on.

“I wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily say there was a lot of ill-dis­ci­pline at the break down and I think you would have to ask the ref­eree for his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of what was go­ing on around that area.”

With re­gards to the first half try, which in­fu­ri­ated the home crowd, the Macc head coach said that he “did not see it from that side.”

The Blues will not want to dwell on the fix­ture too much with a lot of work to do be­fore the end of the sea­son start­ing with a trip to Sandal next time out.

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