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Macclesfield 36 – 10 Cambridge

Blues gave supporters reason to celebrate as they cruised to a 36-10 victory over Cambridge at Priory Park.

Their first win of the season puts them above Loughborough Students in 15th place with five points.

Director of Rugby and Head Coach Geoff Wappett was pleased with the performance as well as the result:

“It’s been a tough start with the sides we’ve come up against, but we’ve got five points and we scored six tries, I’m very happy with that.

“We showed a good deal of control on the ball, we didn’t turn it over too often and we made life difficult for them.

“Most importantly for me was that we played 40 minutes without conceding a point, which from a confidence point of view I’m pleased.”

Both sides enjoyed periods of possession in the first ten minutes, with Macclesfield doing well to turn the ball over after strong pressure from Cambridge.

Full back Matt O’Regan was unlucky not to score an early try as Blues were penalised for a knock-on decision.

Soon after Ryan Parkinson opened Macc’s scoring account, as he touched down through a driving maul down the right wing.

Blues continued to pile on the pressure, and minutes after the first try Edd Stobart added the second.

A good move from Matt Rhodes and Martin Kent was switched out wide for the winger to make the score 10-0.

Elliot Brierley capped off an impressive first quarter by scoring his third try of the season, expertly set up by Captain Tom Eaton who scored the conversion.

The visiting side struggled to keep the Blues at bay as Josh Fowles found the gaps in their defence to put his name on the score-sheet.

Eaton scored his second conversion to stretch the lead to 24-0 after 25 minutes.

Blues looked a lot more confident in possession than in previous weeks, however the comfortable score line led to Macc taking the foot off the gas.

This allowed Cambridge to score twice before the break, the tries coming from Daniel Hunter and William Lawson.

The first-half came to a close with the Blues holding a 24-10 lead.

Macclesfield were able to retain control in the second half, and after strong performances from Martin Kent, Tom Mantell and Tom Davenport, were able to not concede for the remaining 40 minutes.

Stobart and Frankie Barker both had disallowed tries, the latter making his return from injury after being out since August.

Blues sealed their victory after 60 minutes as Kent scored his second try in two weeks.

This was closely followed by a penalty try being awarded to Macc after persistent fouling from Cambridge. Eaton converted to bring the final score to 36-10.

An explosive last minute tackle from Brierley to stop a certain try capped off a solid performance from the lads, who now sit in 15th position, just one point behind Cambridge.

“I thought the first 20 minutes were really good,” said Wappett, “the second 20 we convinced ourselves we could do it with half the amount of effort, simply because we’d done it so well in the first 20.

“There were little signs of some of our previous weaknesses and we started to let them back in the game, I mentioned this at half time, we needed to get back to doing the things that we do right.

“We wore them down and eventually got a couple scores that were well deserved.

“We cut out the crucial mistakes that we’d been making in the previous games; we weren’t slipping off tackles in quite the same way. All in all we looked pretty good.

“I thought Martin Kent had a great game, he has done some really good things in recent weeks and he deserves a proper mention.

“He was here there and everywhere, he’s not the most athletic yet he really worked hard, I do admire hard workers and he impressed. I also thought Frankie Barker had a good start to his season.

“We’ve got Coventry next week and Loughborough Students the week after. It’s important that we get five points off them both and they don’t get anything.”

Blues face Coventry away next week on Saturday 6th October. Make sure to follow the twitter updates to keep up with the latest score: https://twitter.com/MaccRUFC

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