Not too late to save the sea­son

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SHELDAN KEAY

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.”

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