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NEXT CUP GAME – To be played on the 12th Feb away at Wirral.
TRAINING – There is training this Wednesday (18th Jan) 7-8pm on astro.
MATCH REPORT – Sunday, 15th January
Caldy V Macclesfield
Due to weather all the pitches at Macclesfield RUFC were unplayable, Caldy very kindly agreed to host the game. We agreed 3full training games with both teams fielding full squads, unfortunately Macc had 11 players unavailable for travelled to Caldy with 19 players to play 3 x games against a squad boasting 30 plus players!
The format was agreed and Macc played uphill against the elements for the first period, some excellent kicking by Caldy pinned Macc back in their own half, some great interplay between the forwards did break the Caldy defensive line several times but we struggled to convert into points. The deadlock was finally broken after some great handling from Harry King, Calum Greaves, Ross McGlone and Harry Oliver freeing the outside backs who managed to score out wide. This stirred Caldy into action and some great attacks provided a real test for our defensive system. The Macc pack started to get on top with some great runs by James Meredith, Dan Holden and the returning Harry Wheelton created a couple more scores in the game. Our outside backs, Danny Briggs, Toby Moule and Joe Pavey were playing brilliantly and really made a difference in the game catching everything and running it back with real purpose.
The second game allowed Macc to make some changes bringing on fresh legs, Jack F, Tom Hurst, Sam Leonard and Max Blackburn immediately got stuck into the game. The scrum was steady with the new front row taking control, great stuff Jack & Tom this allowed James Oliver to make several runs from the base and set up great field position.
The game allowed us to practice some new lineouts and with Conor throwing in they worked really well, Caldy didn’t know where the jumpers were catching the ball, some great work by Max Blackburn, James Oliver, Eden Massey and Sean Campbell was rewarded with some great possession. Playing with the wind we were able to clear our lines with some quality exit kicks by Callum & Harry O pushing Caldy back. Further tries for Macc followed with Caldy never giving up and constantly asking questions of the defence. Ross McGlone was working tirelessly in both attack and defence and on several occasions made the right decision for the team and allowed up to play on the front foot, the sign of a very good Rugby Player.
The 3rd game allowed Macc to make more changes and change the formation of the players, Harry King returned to 9 from the wing and immediately took control of the game with some great kicks, the wind had picked up so we changed our game plan and the forwards worked hard to win the ball, some great runs from Harry Harding and Jack Faiers allowed the backs to have more space, again tries followed. In the last 20 mins both sides were tired but it was great fitness, the Macc scrum was dominant winning several balls against the head, a new second row partnership was tried and worked very well with a combined weight of 30 stone !! Macc scored a couple more tries after good handling and interplay between the backs and forwards.
A great day at a great club, the Caldy spectators played their part, Rod the ref had a great game helping the players understand the laws and letting the game flow. The Caldy team never gave up and put us under huge pressure, nice for Macc not to concede a point and score a few. ALL the lads played really well, lots of tough games to come but this will really help the team progress.
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