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MATCH REPORT – Sunday 16th October
Macclesfield U16’s 76 – Caldy U16’s 5
Macc entertained Caldy on a beautiful, but somewhat damp underfoot Sunday morning. Caldy were coming off the back of some excellent results so this game was never going to be easy. A definite squad game for Macc with 13 players unavailable, this was time for everyone to dig deep and they all did !!
Macc were ruthless, their execution was excellent, the handling and running was exactly as we trained = a convincing win.
To their credit Caldy never gave up and fought to the final whistle.
The Macc pack dominated all set pieces with the completely new front row of Tom Hurst, George Coleman and Connor taking control from the first scrum. The lineout was effective wining some great ball, which was expertly used by the half backs (playing together for the first time since March!) of Will Davies and Zak Bowden releasing the backs. Ross McGlone and Sam Panton were working well in the midfield.
With a new back 3 of Alec Collins, Ben Sleath & Callum Prendergast there was a worry that they may not gel, no such worry, they defended well and attacked with purpose causing Caldy many problems.
Macc played up the hill, into the wind first half and were winning 36-5 at half time.
With Macc trying new combinations all over the park continuity was always going to be an issue, so we thought, lads swapped in whenever required with Eden Massey playing out of his skin it made substitutions easy for our tactical genius, Matt Harding. Ben Holden managed to play 3 different positions in 10 minutes!
There were some excellent set plays from the scrum allowing some good open running rugby, Macc recycled ball well and were able to create miss matches and overlaps.
James Oliver scored a second half hat-trick, Lewis Haliday scored 3 as well with Zak Bowden & Callum Prendergast grabbing a couple each.
Will Davies kicked very well both out of hand and for goal – he even tried a left footed 22 drop out!
Overall a very good team performance, thanks to Caldy for travelling and we will see them next month in the Cheshire Cup, they will be wanting revenge!
FIXTURES 2016/17 SEASON
Macclesfield U16’s beat the National School Champions!
Macclesfield U16’s 23 – Sedbergh U16’s 12
Macclesfield hosted the winners of the Nat West Schools Trophy on Wednesday night in front of a bumper crowd. The game was won by the 15 on the pitch but it was a real squad effort.
Macc were straight out of the blocks, after a great kick off Sedbergh fielded the ball & were forced back by the Macc forwards who immediately put them under huge pressure, Sedbergh tried to force their way up the field but the tackling from Macc was immense, this really set the tone for the game. Sedbergh tried to clear but a great charge down by Sean and his superb pick up allowed him to score the game’s first try, Calum Greaves converted. Macc were 7-0 up inside 2 minutes.
Sedbergh composed themselves and started to put together several phases, Macc anticipated this onslaught and some huge tackling by James Oliver, Harry Harding & James Meredith stopped them from gaining ground. They did eventually score taking the game to 7-7.
This only lit the fire within Macc and within minutes they won a penalty which Calum converted to take the score to 10-7. The next 10 minutes were all Macc, the front row of Wheelton, Walton & Chalcroft were immense taking 3 balls against the head and pushing the much larger pack from Sedbergh backwards. This stopped there No 8 from being able to run the game, not something he is used to. The lineouts were functioning well, again Macc causing Sedbergh many problems on their own ball. This pressure resulted in Connor forcing his way over for another Macc try. Macc were 15-7 up at half time
The second half started well with Macc changing their game plan to push the visitors back into their own half more. This worked well and after a great pre-called move Ross McGlone scored to take the score to 20-7. This forced Sedbergh to be more expansive and try and get back into the game. This played into Maccs hands and the Macc back line of Greaves, McGlone, Briggs, Sleath, McNulty and Moule worked as a unit to stop anything Sedbergh threw at them. Macc then scored next with a penalty taking the score 23-7.
With the clock running down Sedbergh scored a well deserved try with the last play of the game after a charged down kick.
Macc won 23-12.
The lads fought like lions from start to finish, they showed huge character defending as if their lives depended on it, Macc thoroughly deserved the win. This was the hardest game we have played against well organised, talented opposition, just shows what Macc can produce!
Captain & Vice Captains chosen by U16 squad
Summary of 2015/2016 Season
Winners – Cheshire Bowl
Winners – Bowl Wirral Festival
Winners – Heaton Mersey 7 a side Festival
Winners – Macclesfield 7 a side Festival
U15’s End of Season Awards
Players Player – James Oliver
Most Improved Forward – Eden Massey
Coaches Forward – Connor Chalcroft
Most Improved Back – Sam Pantone
Coaches Back – Toby Moule
Clubman – George Coleman