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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
MATCH REPORT – Sunday, 18th September
Macclesfield A Team 12 – Lymm – 0
Macclesfield started the season against one of the strongest sides in the County who were coming off a win against Sedbergh School last weekend. Lymm have some great players with 7 players in Sale Sharks academy playing for Lymm. Macc lost the toss and found themselves playing uphill, into the wind.
The game started with both sides wanting to play good, running rugby. There were some huge tackles being made by both teams. Macc started to get on top with their forward pack dominating the scrums and making life difficult for the Lymm forwards. The first try came from sustained pressure on the Lymm line, Calum Greaves making his debut at fly half brought the centre partnership of Ross McGlone and Harry Oliver into play, they both made excellent runs to create a platform for the rest of the team to play off. The front row of Wheelton, Walton & Chalcroft were pushing the opposition backwards, creating some good ball for the back row, Lewis went close, then Sean Campbell (playing the game of his life) then James Oliver. After this patient build up Harry Harding crashed over from short range, Callum converted.
Macc continued this dominance up front with some great rolling mauls, hard runs from the pack and then releasing the backs at the right time. Lymm struggled to cope with the physicality of the Macc team and a second score was always coming. The ball was recycled by the forwards twice then moved quickly down the back line, Callum spotted a gap, stepped through it to free the backs, two quick passes and Danny Briggs was flying down the wing to score.
Lymm kicked very well, tackled hard and caused Macc many problems in attack but the defence held firm. Lymm nearly scored with one of the last plays of the game, when their very talented back row player sprinted clear of the defence only for Toby Moule to execute a perfect tackle to stop the try being scored.
A great win for Macc to get the season started against a tough Lymm side that never gave up an inch, a great advert for Rugby. The game was played in the right spirit by both teams.
Macclesfield Development Team 0 – Lymm 12
Macc then made 13 changes for the 2nd game which allowed the coaches to try different players. Lymm started strongly building on the momentum from the first game, a quick score from one of the Sale Sharks players put them into an early lead, the try was excellently converted to put them into a 7-0 lead. Macc re-grouped and really focused on their defence, Lymm then struggled to score again. Superb tackling by Eden, George & Max Blackburn repelled attack after attack. The scrum was proving a problem but the front five worked hard to win our own ball, special mention to Tom Hurst at tighthead who scrummaged his heart out. The backs were tackling everything that moved with Sam P & Sam L working hard with Callum, Ben Sleath & Josh to stop the runs of Lymm. We did concede another try late on, a very well executed move by the skilful Lymm backs.
Credit must go to the development team who gave 100% and restricted a very talented Lymm team to 2 scores.
A great day of rugby, thanks to Lymm for the game. A great platform for Wednesdays game vs Sedbergh!
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