News from the Blues 24th Dec

Unfortunately there was no rugby to be played at Priory Park this weekend due to a very waterlogged pitch, much to the disappointment of the bumper crowd that turned up for the Christmas meal.

Not wanting to spoil the occasion, the 130+ members of Macclesfield Rugby Club got into the festive spirit and the meal was still a huge success.

The game against Sedgley Park is expected to be replayed on 9th February, although it hasn’t been confirmed yet it will appear on the website soon.

This now gives the Blues a chance to rest over the Christmas break and reflect on what has been a very hard first half to the season.

With only four wins from 15 games, the Blues now sit second from bottom above Cambridge, who (ironically) have been docked five points for fielding an illegal player.

After the departures of several key players in the summer, Director of Rugby and Head Coach Geoff Wappett had a tall order in shaping up his side for the new season.

Largely down to our unfortunate injury-plight, his new signings were given first-team chances much earlier than was planned, and players like Tom Cruse, Elliot Brierley, Matt Rhodes and Dave Marwick have all gone on to impress and keep their places in the first team.

Tom Cruse has now gone on to sign a contract with Sale Sharks, and Macclesfield Rugby Club wish him the best of luck at his new club and hope to see him again soon at Priory Park.

Fly-half Tom Eaton has done well since making the jump up to captain this year, and has led his side out each week with a determination that has spread throughout the squad.

Meanwhile, regulars Martin Kent, Frankie Barker, Alan Marsh and Eddie Stobart, to name a few, have all put in consistent performances over the first half of the season and are an invaluable asset to the side.

The second half of the season is going to bring a new set of challenges to the Blues, who are 19 points away from safety behind Sedgley Park and Tynedale.

Macclesfield next play Ealing away, a formidable place to travel to. The Blues suffered a heavy defeat against them last time and Geoff Wappett will be hoping his side can cause an upset to the London side chasing promotion.

Ealing have enjoyed some impressive victories at home this season, scoring nine tries past Sedgley Park in November, and beating Cambridge 47-11 last weekend.

However with several players returning from injury, the Blues will be looking to shock the league-leaders and snatch some valuable points.

Fylde were the only other side this weekend that had their game against Wharfedale postponed due to bad weather.

Loughborough Students came from behind to beat Cambridge 34-21 at home, whilst Richmond beat Old Albanian 24-5.

There was no winner in the clash of the two top London teams, as the Ealing and Rosslyn Park game finished 16-16, with one try a-piece.

Esher lost 24-3 away at Blackheath, while Coventry won 29-12 against Cinderford.

And finally, Blaydon made the short trip to Tynedale in the local derby to win 19-12 and keep their title hopes alive, keeping them just two points from the top spot.

From all at Macclesfield RUFC, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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