Heart-breaking finale for Heagerty
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.”