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We need to focus on a strong finish

The Blues’ defeat at the weekend disappointed team manager Howard Hughes as he felt The Blues again gifted the opposition points which eventually lost them the game. This was made more disappointing when at other points in the game they competed well and caused the hosts problems.

“Naturally we are disappointed with any loss however we are more annoyed than anything with the way we yet again gifted our opponent’s early opportunities which turned out to be match winning scores certainly in the first half.”

“We seemed to lose focus both in our defensive shape and the making of a few basic errors like missing tackles and not defending the Rucks well enough which were guilty of in the first half”

Hughes was impressed with the second half showing from Macclesfield as they showed what they could do and performed at a level more representatives to their ability.

“Some observers probably thought it would either be a damage limitation exercise on our behalf or a point’s romp for the host placed 2nd in the league. It was neither as again, not for the first time we decided to up our game, keep our shape and compete. Yes the 2nd half ended 7-7 points-wise but both myself and Chris Jones felt we had the “moral” victory after such a below par start to the game.”

The Blues injury problems continued this weekend as they lost prop Billy Robinson to a late fitness test, losing a prop of Billy’s experience can hurt a side especially when playing away at a side like Rosslyn Park.

“Giles’ plan to include a 21st man proved great foresight as Billy Robinson failed a late fitness test resulting in Josh Hearn taking up a bench spot vacated by Shane Heffernan who was starting at Tight Head in Billy’s place.”

Howard reflected on the last few weeks, despite being pointless, The Blues have some positives to take.

“We’ve now played the 2nd, 3rd and 4th team placed sides in the league in consecutive weeks and whilst we have not gained points we have shown a lot of good things in each of those games, we now need to put that into a complete performance and finish the season on a high ready for next season.”

The Blues play top of the league Ealing Trailfinders next weekend where they will look to upset the form book and get their first home win of the season. 

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