Wappett pleased with performance

After his team ran out 32 – 17 winners against Leicester Lions at the weekend, Macclesfield head coach Geoff Wappett was pleased with their first half performance.

“I thought we had a pretty good first half, the bonus point was done and everyone put a good shift in and did well.

“Early doors second half we had a few good breakouts but we just let them out of jail once or twice and they settled into a good 20 minutes,” explained Wappett.

“During that period our defence was good, but ironically when they did eventually score to get within five points, that was the stimulus that brought us to life.

“We scored two quick tries and the game was finished.”

Two weeks ago the Blues’ game against Harrogate was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, which is a sign of the times. In recent weeks playing conditions have been poor and that continued at the weekend.

“The weather was a big problem, we’ve had some difficult conditions to contend with in recent weeks.

“The pitch wasn’t a huge problem today but the wind was very strong and so unreliable, it was swirling,” he said.

“At first I was convinced that we’d made the right decision, won the toss and played into the wind but after a few minutes you weren’t quite sure where it was going.”

This week the Blues travel south to face league strugglers Dudley Kingswinford who have lost every game so far this season. However, Wappett insists that the Macclesfield players know the significance of this fixture.

“Darlington have played them twice and it reflects in their points difference, so I would view this game as playing for another point.

“We have to work hard this week because first and foremost we have to win but if we want to score as many tries as we possibly can then we have to be very composed.

“The players recognize the importance of this game, it’s not just another game.”

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