Street­wise foes beat the Blues

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE 1 PLY­MOUTH..................... 33 MAC­CLES­FIELD ............ 10

MAC­CLES­FIELD RUFC came up short once again af­ter they suf­fered de­feat against Ply­mouth Al­bion at Brick­fields.

The hosts turned out to be too strong for Macc, over­com­ing the vis­i­tors and con­demn­ing them to a loss.

Mac­cles­field head coach Giles Hea­gerty ad­mits there were some dis­ap­point­ments from the game, but felt that the bet­ter side won.

“I think there was def­i­nitely a de­gree of frus­tra- tion there cer­tainly, but these things hap­pen,” he said.

“You just have to ac­cept that Ply­mouth were a very well-or­gan­ised side and were pretty street­wise on the day.

“Yes, they did get some yel­low cards in the first half, and we weren’t able to con­vert a cou­ple of chances that came our way, but you have to re­mem­ber that two years ago Ply­mouth were play­ing in the Cham­pi­onship, so they know how to deal with pres­surised sit­u­a­tions. Their ex­pe­ri­ence def­i­nitely showed on Satur­day.

“I’d put the de­feat down to un­forced er­rors un­for­tu­nately. We turned the ball over a lit­tle too eas­ily at times in an at­tempt to force the play.

“I know they did it for the right rea­sons, but un­for­tu­nately their skills didn’t come up to scratch. It’s a lit­tle bit dis­ap­point­ing, but at the same time you have to give the play­ers credit for stick­ing in there and try­ing to get the job done.

“I think forc­ing the play was more of a re­ac­tion to the sit­u­a­tion we find our­selves in in gen­eral, and also the par­tic­u­lar po­si­tion we found our­selves in on Satur­day.

“As I said pre­vi­ously, Ply­mouth are a very good, well-or­gan­ised side, so they don’t give the oppo- sition many op­por­tu­ni­ties. When we did get them I think we were maybe guilty of snatch­ing at them.”

Ply­mouth were quick out of the blocks in the match and they got the first try of the match when Matt Cross­crombe touched down, with Kieran Hal­lett adding the con­ver­sion.

Mac­cles­field man­aged to hit back though as David Mar­wick went over to re­duce the deficit, but they couldn’t add the con­ver­sion.

That try ap­peared to give Macc con­fi­dence and they soon en­joyed a spell of pos­ses­sion, but they couldn’t take ad­van­tage and Ply­mouth man­aged to catch them on the break.

Robin Wed­lake went un­der the posts to get their sec­ond try of the af­ter­noon, with the con­ver­sion added.

Ply­mouth started to dom­i­nate and they added to their tally when Tom Cowan-Dickie got an­other try, mak­ing it 21-5 at the in­ter­val.

The Blues did man­age to score a fur­ther try at the start of the sec­ond half when Sa­muel Moss touched down, but Ply­mouth en­sured they had the fi­nal say when two more tries were added in the clos­ing stages to pick up the 33-10 vic­tory against Mac­cles­field.

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