We Looked World Beaters

Director of Rugby Geoff Wappett was fairly pleased with Macclesfield’s 59-5 bonus point win in what was his final game at Priory Park/ The Blues won to maintain top spot and keep the pressure up on the chasing pack. 

59-5 and another bonus point, what did you make of the performance?

For most of the game, we played pretty well. In the last two or three weeks we have had the bonus point secured pretty quickly. This tends to take the edge off the game slightly, we executed very well early on, and we looked world beaters. But we then had 20 minutes where we were very ordinary and they got a score which kick started us back into action. We had the bonus point secured before half time so the game is effectively won. However, I thought we played quite well in the second half. I thought the young players that came on and played well. Josh Degroot came off the bench and played extremely well, he was physical and tackled well. Chris jones also impressed. Sam Rodman filled in for Billy Robinson at tight head and dominated the scrimmage throughout the game. Heffernan came on from the bench for Tom Mantell and also had a very good game. Ed Stobart is unavailable next week so Louis Taylor came on and had the opportunity to settle with the team, scored two tries, looked lively and will be starting next week. I thought Brierley wasn’t at his best last week but he came back and was tremendous today, all in all a lot of good things happened today. Against a side that haven’t been well beaten a lot this season apart from against us, which is good to see.

Was the scrum somewhere you looked to target? We turned over a lot of their ball and looked very dominant.

I am a big believer in getting your set pieces really dominant. Your set piece has to be good to allow you to play, if your set piece isn’t good the opposition can do to you whatever they choose. So we put big effort into scrummage and line out with a lot of plans to score points from the back of these. It was good to see Rodman so dominant after Billy has been tight head all season.

Stourbridge and Darlington both picked up bonus point wins, is it back to where we started before kick off?

Yes. I didn’t expect anything different really. I’m not that concerned what they do. We just have to get five points ourselves; it doesn’t make any difference, unless they lose. Both look to be stuttering with their results today, but it doesn’t matter as long as we keep winning and go to Darlington and do the same.

It was your last home game in charge today, how did it feel?

I’ve enjoyed my time here, it was a pleasant afternoon. The result was good so I leave the place with very fond memories.

Two games left, will it be icing on the cake if Macclesfield go up as champions?

I’ve won this league twice before. I know how to win this league, if we keep playing like we are, we’ll be alright. We must contain our composure, and there is nothing that has happened this season to suggest there should be an upset next week, but stranger things have happened in sport.


Post navigation

#maccrugby

The 2018 #QuilterInternationals are just around the corner with a limited number of hospitality packages still available for the games against South Africa 🇿🇦 and Australia 🇦🇺 Here's a look ahead to the action: bit.ly/2OscjY3

test Twitter Media - The 2018 #QuilterInternationals are just around the corner with a limited number of hospitality packages still available for the games against South Africa 🇿🇦 and Australia 🇦🇺  Here's a look ahead to the action: https://t.co/KARrNAfpQZ https://t.co/UcojePowrH

Rugby World Cup rivalries don't come much bigger than this. @EnglandRugby v @QantasWallabies. The full story. Need we say any more?

Billy Vunipola has been ruled out for 12 weeks after breaking his left arm and will miss England's autumn internationals skysports.tv/k6xi3l

test Twitter Media - Billy Vunipola has been ruled out for 12 weeks after breaking his left arm and will miss England's autumn internationals https://t.co/qgTPdCtP4q https://t.co/LfWBXnHf6u

Another broken arm for Billy Vunipola 😰 Saracens No8 Vunipola will miss England's autumn internationals after breaking his arm for a third time ⚫️🔴

Best of luck to Billy Vunipola in his recovery from injury. Vunipola ruled out of Quilter Internationals. More: bit.ly/2En2s16

test Twitter Media - Best of luck to Billy Vunipola in his recovery from injury.  Vunipola ruled out of Quilter Internationals. More: https://t.co/IIIzTTauS2 https://t.co/wE5hrb3zfp

The ultimate #MondayMotivation! 💪 @fecorugby's Sebastián Mejía Gil gave this powerful speech before Colombia's Americas Rugby Challenge against Paraguay. They won 44-29, became the inaugural champions and jumped to a club record 36th in the world rankings. Effective. 💥💥💥

Stuart Barnes looks at 10 players who caught the eye after round 1 of the Champions Cup: skysports.tv/AXH5SO

test Twitter Media - Stuart Barnes looks at 10 players who caught the eye after round 1 of the Champions Cup: https://t.co/7f8JW0IUwT https://t.co/t4NnSVoAt4
test Twitter Media - Stuart Barnes looks at 10 players who caught the eye after round 1 of the Champions Cup: https://t.co/7f8JW0IUwT https://t.co/t4NnSVoAt4
test Twitter Media - Stuart Barnes looks at 10 players who caught the eye after round 1 of the Champions Cup: https://t.co/7f8JW0IUwT https://t.co/t4NnSVoAt4

Phenomenal skill from @QuadeCooper in the National Rugby Championship at the weekend.