Macclesfield Head Coach Giles Heagerty felt that discipline cost Macclesfield this weekend as they went down to second placed Rosslyn Park, The Blues head coach felt his team deserved more from the first half and that the game shifted when his side were reduced to 13 men.
“The level of enthusiasm that the boys showed in defence was very good. We probably didn’t deserve to be 10-0 down at half time; I thought we had a couple of scoring opportunities so it could’ve been 10-10 or 5-10. But the sin bins killed us early in the second half, it would be hard enough going down to 14 against a team like Rosslyn but if you go down to 13, you’re in bother. What people don’t realise is the effort levels that go in when you’re down to 13 men take it out of you and when you get back to a full complement, you’re knackered. The amount of energy that a game in national one takes out of the boys is enough, without being 2 men down, so again our discipline has let us down.”
Once again, the pack worked well against a opposition who was very well drilled, Giles was also once again full of praise for the work of Marshall Gadd.
“It’s not just Marshall’s contribution on the field but the work he does with the front row off the field. Elliot Millar-Mills is in his first season in national one and it takes time to adjust, he’s spent time with Marshall and he’s come on even more, the same goes for Billy and Shane also.”
The big team news for The Blues this weekend was the return of second tow talisman, Dean Williams. Dean returned to the side after picking up a knee injury on the opening day of this season. The impact he made was there for all to see.
“Having dean in your group is big, he’s a tough talker and sure enough he was doing that before the game. On the pitch, he was brilliant for 50 minutes; we got 60 out of him which is what we wanted. He felt he was behind the game but I disagree, he did everything we expected of him.”
Looking forward, Giles has highlighted the next five weeks as crucial for The Blues as they look to rebuild their season, and show National One what they’re really made of.
“The next five weeks are key for us to do something in national one this year, everyone knows that. People are looking at us as a guaranteed win, which everyone needs, just as much as we do.”
The Blues begin this five week period at Loughborough students next weekend, and Giles is fairly confident he knows what to expect from the student outfit.
“Loughborough will chuck it around, that’s their philosophy. Its one of the many things I admire about Loughborough rugby. Henry Taylor plays there, he has a world cup winners medal from this summer with the u20s and they build their game around him. We have got to go there and nullify that threat. We have to keep the ball better and not force things, we need to keep the ball and keep our heads.”