Not too late to save the season
MACCLESFIELD Blues head coach Giles Heagerty believes the team are now capable of turning a corner and saving the season after Saturday’s dramatic 42-38 win over Loughborough.
After an extremely poor run of form, Macclesfield finally came out on top in a game to register their first win of 2017.
Heagerty insists he won’t be getting ahead of himself, but admits he thinks the team are good enough to pull off the great escape if everything goes in their favour.
“The thought goes through your head: five games to go and potentially five bonus point wins up for grabs. If we could achieve that, we’d definitely be in a decent position,” he said.
“You can’t get ahead of yourself in this league though. Each game presents its own challenges, so it’s counterproductive to think too far ahead.
“We face Moseley away next, and that’s going to be one tough old game. They’re a big side with strong runners and we know we’re going to face a real challenge, but when we last faced them at Priory Park we controlled the majority of the play until the last play of the game.
“What we have to do is build on last Saturday’s performance, and try to keep that momentum going. “We’ve still got to face some big sides before the end of the season, but the final two games will be at home – so it will be good if we can finish the season on something of a high.
“I still believe our destiny is still firmly in our hands, but we’ll see. The boys have got a week off now, so let’s refresh and get Moseley out of the way, then we can see where we go from there.”
Heagerty also revealed that the team did things differently last week, and that led to the win over Loughborough.
“On Tuesday night we let one of the lads lead a bit of the session. I think it’s important to do that: it’s important for the players in terms of their development, and it’s also important for the squad because they get to hear a different voice. Then on Thursday we ran a practice session alongside Wilmslow Rugby Club. They came along and we both made use of the 3G pitch in Cheadle Hulme.
“It was a refreshing experience and I think we both got something out of the session. It might be a bit of a cliché, but it goes to prove there’s truth in the adage that a change is as good as a rest.
“We scored early and got ourselves in the game on Saturday, but Loughborough are a side that will punish any error or lapse in concentration.
“I was sat with some England colleagues monitoring the game on Twitter, and I said when we scored our penultimate try that we were going to get a result. Then Loughborough scored, and I thought to myself, oh no, I spoke too early.
“We showed grit and determination though, and credit to the boys they dug deep and got a penalty then scored off a driving maul in the last minute.
“That just shows the character and determination in this group. Even though we’ve had some pretty dark times this season, everybody stuck together and ground out a result.”
Macclesfield Golf Club’s Past Lady Captain’s Luncheon