Macclesfield Blues head coach, Giles Heagerty was thrilled to have returned home with his sides second victory of the season after their away trip to second bottom side Tynedale. The Blues won 20-22 in a hard fought scrappy affair at Tynedale Park.
Despite victory, Heagerty was a little disappointed not to secure the try bonus point, which would have also seen them deny Tynedale a losing bonus point.
“Tynedale is a tough place to go. It was not the most entertaining of rugby games, although not getting the five points does take a bit away from it. In the way the game panned out, but at the end of the day it’s a win.”
The Blues had chances to secure the try scoring bonus point but a lot of unforced errors saw them squandered deep in Tynedale territory.
“Things seemed a little off today for some reason. Our consistency and timing wasn’t quite right but I wouldn’t put that down to changes in personnel, the game was very stop start and that doesn’t help. Tyne were competitive at the break down and that stopped us from getting going.”
The twenty points The Blues conceded was their best defensive display of the season and the second half saw a seldom penalty conceded, something which pleased Heagerty after his sides defence had come under scrutiny over the season.
“The coaches and I were talking in the warm up that we had a real intensity about us today, and that showed in our defence throughout the match and especially after we had kicked the goal to win the game, the way we defended after that was fantastic, we really dug deep.”
The Blues welcomed back Marshall Gadd to their starting line up, the man on loan from Rotherham impressed a lot of supporters in his last spell at the club and was part of a Blues pack that dominated the scrum for 80 minutes on Saturday.
“Marsh is a great player, it’s not just what he does on the field but off of it. We have had to jiggle around today because of injuries throughout the match we had props in the second and back row, the pack as an eight at all times today were very good.”
Macclesfield face table topping, big spending Ealing this Saturday, which is sure to be a stern test, but with a bit of momentum, Heagerty feels his side should be written off.
“It will be very tough, having said that they have been in some very tight affairs and Cinderford showed the blueprint for beating them. We must focus on our performance and processes, especially in defence anf get our shape right, we must realise we have a real opportunity”
Tom Morton, the young fly half on loan from Sale Sharks, this week had a call up to the England under 20’s squad for their six nations campaign, Morton is a man who has impressed in the blue of Macclesfield and has played under Heagerty before.
“He’s always been a special talent. I think form our point of view he has come in and done a really good job. A selector was at the Esher game to watch him and he had a fantastic game that day and that has helped him to get there. It’s difficult because you always want to keep hold of your best players and Tom is certainly one of our better players. You don’t want to lose him but to go and be involved in the u20s 6 nations is fantastic.”