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News from the Blues 22nd of April

Macclesfield did well to snatch two bonus points at the final whistle on Saturday against an in-form Old Albanians side.

Dave Marwick’s try at 79 minutes saved the Blues from walking away empty handed after battling it out against the team from Hertfordshire who now sit in fifth place.

With the absence of game-changing players like Ed Stobart, Dean Williams and Captain & fly-half Tom Eaton it was always going to be a tough test, especially after last week’s disappointing defeat against Wharfedale.

The loss does not affect our chances of staying up as badly as some might fear, as 14th place Wharfedale also lost 32-31 against Tynedale, picking up only one bonus point in the process. Macclesfield now sit just one point above them while they are still due to play their game in hand.

Thanks to Twitter I was able to keep track of the score during the Albanians match, and in the last 15 minutes both sides took the lead twice as penalties proved to be the difference in the battle of the two Northern clubs.

In fact, at 79 minutes Wharfedale were in the lead with the score at 29-31 to the visitors; however a last minute penalty from Tynedale snatched back the win and saved Macclesfield from an even bigger challenge of staying in the National League One.

Next week the Blues travel up to Blaydon, who have been in inconsistent form recently, having lost four out of their last seven games. In fact the side from Newcastle were only able to beat bottom-of-the-league club Cambridge 27-23 back at the start of April.

When Blaydon came to Priory Park for the first game of the season they were able to put in a convincing performance to win 43-19.

This time round Blaydon are sitting safely in 3rd place in the league with nothing to lose or gain, while the Blues have everything to gain from a victory this Saturday.

Elsewhere in the league, Richmond, who come up against Wharfedale this weekend, were beaten 36-17 at home against Esher.

Fylde won 44-28 against Blackheath, while Sedgley Park were demolished 61-7 away at Coventry.

The unstoppable Ealing came up against Cambridge and walked away with yet another five point victory as they gear up to playing in the Championship next season, the final score 64-32.

Next week’s opposition Blaydon were beaten 34-27 by Rosslyn Park, while Loughborough Students won 41-36 away at Cinderford.

It was a fantastic weekend for the Macclesfield Lions as they won 53-5 against Fylde in their final game of the season to clinch the league title – a feature will be coming soon about their success this year.

The 3s and 4s both came up against their respective Trafford Metovick teams, the 3s winning 45-10, while the 4s lost 36-18. The Vets were without a game.

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Two kicking kings on the international scene 👑 But how will @RomainNtamack and @NicoFSanchez do in the battle of the impossible kicks? 🤯 📆 10.12.21 #UltimateRugbyChallenges

All smiles at Northampton Saints HQ! 😄 🔷 Finn Russell and Racing 92 are the visitors to Franklin's Gardens on Friday. 📺 BT Sport 2 HD & Ultimate, 7.15pm #HeinekenChampionsCup

test Twitter Media - All smiles at Northampton Saints HQ! 😄

🔷 Finn Russell and Racing 92 are the visitors to Franklin's Gardens on Friday.

📺 BT Sport 2 HD & Ultimate, 7.15pm

#HeinekenChampionsCup https://t.co/Ec4f2ciuz8
test Twitter Media - All smiles at Northampton Saints HQ! 😄

🔷 Finn Russell and Racing 92 are the visitors to Franklin's Gardens on Friday.

📺 BT Sport 2 HD & Ultimate, 7.15pm

#HeinekenChampionsCup https://t.co/Ec4f2ciuz8
test Twitter Media - All smiles at Northampton Saints HQ! 😄

🔷 Finn Russell and Racing 92 are the visitors to Franklin's Gardens on Friday.

📺 BT Sport 2 HD & Ultimate, 7.15pm

#HeinekenChampionsCup https://t.co/Ec4f2ciuz8
test Twitter Media - All smiles at Northampton Saints HQ! 😄

🔷 Finn Russell and Racing 92 are the visitors to Franklin's Gardens on Friday.

📺 BT Sport 2 HD & Ultimate, 7.15pm

#HeinekenChampionsCup https://t.co/Ec4f2ciuz8

"Watching people not take @JoeMarler's craic well is one of my most enjoyable things." 🤣 Ahead of the return of the @ChampionsCup & @ChallengeCup_, we asked various club captains which players they most enjoy lining up against... #HeinekenChampionsCup | #ChallengeCupRugby

⚠️ 𝐃𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐄𝐑, 𝐃𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐄𝐑! ⚠️ You've got to remain vigilant when @FalconsRugby's @AdamRadwan97 is around 👀⚡️ #GallagherPrem

Player. Coach. Leader From winning on the pitch with @agen_rugby to guiding @SixNationsRugby and @rugbyworldcup into the modern era, Jacques Laurans - the winner of the Vernon Pugh Award - has done it all in rugby #WorldRugbyAwards

Handrè Pollard is excited. Leicester Tigers are excited. We're excited. 🇿🇦 The World Cup-winning fly-half will move to Welford Road ahead of the 2022/23 season. Bigger offers were on the table, but the Springbok was set on the Premiership leaders. #GallagherPrem

test Twitter Media - Handrè Pollard is excited. Leicester Tigers are excited. We're excited.

🇿🇦 The World Cup-winning fly-half will move to Welford Road ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Bigger offers were on the table, but the Springbok was set on the Premiership leaders.

#GallagherPrem https://t.co/elsjCzNpEG
test Twitter Media - Handrè Pollard is excited. Leicester Tigers are excited. We're excited.

🇿🇦 The World Cup-winning fly-half will move to Welford Road ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Bigger offers were on the table, but the Springbok was set on the Premiership leaders.

#GallagherPrem https://t.co/elsjCzNpEG

🗣️ "We can't hide away from the fact that it could be a daunting task...but one that actually can bring the best out of everyone." 👇👇👇

Rumour has it Joe Root wanted both Kyle & Maro in his #Ashes squad, but the lads were too busy 😉 Good luck for this series @englandcricket 🏏

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