Macc set to face ‘Goliath’ Hartpury
MACCLESFIELD Rugby Union head coach Giles Heagerty admits that it will be David versus Goliath when his side travel to Hartpury College this week.
The Blues will be big underdogs in the game, having already been relegated from National League One, while top of the table Hartpury have looked unstoppable and are unbeaten having won all 27 of their games.
It will be an extremely difficult task for Macclesfield, but Heagerty has set his side some targets for the match.
“Everybody knows the Hartpury game is going to be unbelievably tough, particularly with them aiming to go unbeaten all season,” he told the club’s official website.
“They may yet go totally unbeaten with every side they put out this season, from the Bucks team, their Women’s Bucks team and to their National One side. So, yes, it is going to be tough, but never the less we’ve set ourselves some targets.
“We’ve then got the final game against Esher at Priory Park. That’s a nice way to end the season in front of your home fans. The target for that game is pretty obvious given the circumstances, but we have to deal with Hartpury first before we start thinking about Esher.”
While Macc may already have been relegated, they put in a brilliant performance last weekend to defeat Blackheath 24-12 at home, much to the delight of Heagerty.
“It felt great to win. The boys played really well and got their just desserts. We’ve put in equally good performances over the course of the season and come away with nothing, but for once we got what we deserved,” he said. “The boys deserve an enormous amount of credit for what they achieved on Saturday, and I am very proud of them.
I think we’ve been a little unlucky at times in certain games this season, but we’ve also not been good enough in others. On Saturday everything went for us.
“We started well and got in the game early and were able to kick on from there. In other games that didn’t always happen. Is it frustrating? Well, yes, it is a little.
“I think if you reflect on the course of the season I think there were probably four games that got away from us and were games we should’ve won but didn’t. That’s where the real frustration lies. In the other games we probably deserved to lose.”