Heart-breaking fi­nale for Hea­gerty

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SAM BEECH

MAC­CLES­FIELD Blues coach Giles Hea­gerty ad­mit­ted the man­ner of Satur­day’s de­feat against Birm­ing­ham was ‘heart breaking.

De­spite a red card for Josh Red­fern, Macc looked set to hold onto their lead as the game en­tered its dy­ing em­bers. But a penalty try at the death snatched the win for Moseley.

“It’s a lit­tle bit heart breaking to be hon­est, we’ve thrown ev­ery­thing we could into the game, we’ve de­fended bril­liantly and we took our op­por­tu­ni­ties clin­i­cally,” said Hea­gerty.

The re­al­ity is, with a lit­tle more at­ten­tion to de­tail on our part, mainly check­ing our off sides and off kicks and keep­ing our dis­ci­pline at the right time, and against a side like Moseley, these things will cost you.”

Speak­ing about the last 90 sec­onds, Hea­gerty added: “It’s a real shame that it had to be a penalty try, I don’t know why the ref­eree is giv­ing a penalty try off the first scrum. We’d been un­der the pump for 40 min­utes. So to lose a li­ne­out which gave them good field po­si­tion and in the fol­low­ing scram­ble, the chances are that you will give a penalty away against a big side like Moseley.

“The red card was a sec­ond yel­low. I’m still not en­tirely sure what the first yel­low was for, we haven’t spo­ken to the of­fi­cials yet. From this we knew that we’d be un­der the pump at scrum time.”

De­spite the loss Hea­gerty still saw many pos­i­tives in the per­for­mance;

“The main area of our game which pleased me the most was our de­fence. We played like lions out there. Espe­cially against a side like Moseley. To limit them to one try they scored them­selves was a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

“I also thought our kick­ing game im­proved as the game went on. We spoke about it at half time, so it was nice to see it re­ally come off in the sec­ond half.

“If you in­clude to­day’s game then we play the top four teams in the next four weeks, so it was vi­tal to show that we can com­pete.”

Giles Hea­gerty

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