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We always knew we were capable

Macclesfield Head Coach Giles Heagerty is delighted that the “monkey is off their backs” as they got their first league victory this season, but there is still more to come from his side.

“Getting a win is a massive relief more than anything else. We always knew that we were capable of winning games in this league we have just not been able to put a full performance in. That is not to say that we put in a full performance today.”

The Blues ran over five tries in their win against Loughborough Students including one right at the death from Dean Williams which secured the first points of the season for Macclesfield.

“To win and win in the manner that we did, was particularly pleasing. I think two weeks ago we would have lost that game. We had a pretty poor 16 minutes in the first passage of the second half and put ourselves under pressure and that could have been the end of us. But actually we showed some real grit today. I think out of all the positives you can take that’s probably the biggest one.”

It was quite a high scoring games with plenty of scores coming from both sides, but, Heagerty believes that the points that they conceded were through mistakes of their own.

“I think what we need to do is just keep focussing on our processes. We try and be a process driven group. I think we have for 64 minutes probably done that today, except for 16 minutes where we let them back into the game, maybe call it 20 minutes off with a couple of minutes in the first half as well.”

The Blues Head Coach believes his players sometimes get “overexcited” and this leads them to give away “stupid” penalties and this is something he wants his team to put right.

“I think the reality is that the two scores they got very quickly in the first half both came from our ill-discipline. That’s what we have got to get right. When you get your emotions under control and start making objective decisions you stop giving people decent field position.”

The Blues will look to build upon this victory to try and stay in the league and despite the massive challenge that they face. Despite this, the Blues Head coach hopes it will happen.

“One would hope so. We have obviously picked up a couple of bumps today and we need to see where they’re up to but we have got a couple of bodies to come back in as well so that will help. I think what we need to do is just keep focussing on our processes.”


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