News from the Blues 5th March

It was billed as the clash of the two best sides from the North-West outside the Premiership and for an hour it certainly lived up to the billing.

Then it all went sour.

Eight tries in total, five in the last fifteen minutes and a 13 point lead turning into a 25 point defeat all lead to a devastating end to the day.

Credit to Fylde, they are a class act and wouldn’t be where they are in the league without that class.

Oli Brennand in particular is a magnificent talent.

Coach Wappett referred to Brennand after the match as “the best winger in the league” and you would be hard pushed to find many who disagree.

Brennand and Fylde showed just how dangerous they are in broken play and their combination of backs with their blistering pace really was the difference on Saturday.

What was clearly most disappointing was to come away from the Fylde Coast with nothing, especially when we had scored three tries with over half an hour left of the game.

It’s never easy when you are chasing a game, trying to force the issue, but the interception that ended the match really was hard to take.

It’s a second defeat in a row for the first time since the black five games, and while many will be seeing a crisis evolving, we must look at the side’s we have played and admit that perhaps they are just better sides at times.

Rosslyn Park and Fylde are both quality outfits and to lose by a point in one match and have dominated for large parts in another is no mean feat, and there is no shame in losing to a better side.

There are six games to go now and while it would be easy to settle for our current position, Geoff and Andy will certainly not and the aim will be to collect as many of the 30 points left to play for this season, starting with the Friday night game against Birmingham & Solihull.

The Bees have struggled this season after coming back down from the championship, but took the spoils in a dour encounter back in November.

They have shown some fight in recent weeks though and have won three on the bounce against Cambridge, Barking and Tynedale respectively, which should make for a great match.

‘Friday Night Lights’ as it has been labelled is sure to be a great event and for a region so familiar with rugby under lights on a Friday, it will make for a great atmosphere and hopefully a win for Blues.

Let’s make sure we get down to Priory Park and give the lads our full support as the final push for the season gets underway.

Some disappointing news is that the Mulchrone brothers who have been instrumental for Blues this season, are set to miss their match for England Counties through injury.

Having had the joy of being selected just a week or so ago, to be ruled out now must be a massive blow to both lads and I wish them all the best in their recovery.

That leaves Tom Mantell to fly the flag for Macc in the Counties front row and I’m sure he will be as effective in the white shirt as he always is in Blue.

Around the ground then and the seconds avenged the first’s loss by beating Fylde’s second team 57-22, while the thirds edged Waterloo 27-26.

Around National One then and there were bonus point wins for Jersey, Ealing and Blackheath who beat Blaydon, Barking and Cambridge respectively.

Wharfedale and Cinderford also had big wins, over Stourbridge and Sedgley Park as Rosslyn Park and Coventry couldn’t be separated ending 19 apiece.

In the final game in National One, a late drop goal gave Blues next opponents Bees a narrow win over Tynedale 16-14.

With just six games left, it really is hard to call the most unpredictable league in the country, and that’s why we love it.

Come on Macc!


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