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Blues 7-10 Blaydon

Blaydon came away from Priory Park with a hard fought win thanks to their fly half Andrew Baggett. The stand-off scored a try and kicked five more points in a 7-10 away victory to bottom side Macclesfield.

Blaydon flew out of the traps and took the lead on six minutes, after putting some good phases of possession together in Blues territory Baggett spotted a chink in the defence and dived in under the posts, and converted the score himself.

The visitor’s early score seemed to fire the hosts into action as they went to dominate possession for a prolonged period of time. With Macc deep in Blaydon territory a moment of Jordan Brookes magic created a gap for number 8 Franky Barker to blast through and get the Macclesfield on the scoreboard, Tom Eaton converted the score.

The Blues kept up the pressure after their score all the way until half time and the far bigger Blaydon side on the ropes for the remainder of the first period, the visitor’s Blaydon would have been glad to hear the half time whistle and go In at seven points apiece.

Blaydon grabbed the decisive score three minutes into the second half, a Baggett penalty after a Macclesfield infringement at the scrum turned out to be the winning score. Blaydon went on to dominate second half proceedings but stern Blues defence ensured the hosts stayed in the game and went close on a couple of occasions late on.

MACCLESFIELD

15 Matt O’Regan, 14 Josh Fowles, 13 Elliot Brierley, 12 Ollie Fewtrell, 11 Rhodri Mayor, 10 Tom Eaton, 9 Jordan Brookes

8 Franky Barker, 7 Phil Williams, 6 Mike Finnemore, 5 Ben Jones, 4 Dave Marwick, 3 Billy Robinson, 2 Sam Moss, 1 Elliot Millar-Mills

16 Matt Thorp, 17 Josh Hearn, 18 Max Smith, 19 Chris Jones, 20 Jonathan Marsden

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"You can argue one way or the other of those areas so they are what they are..." @CastresRugby's Defence Coach Joe Worsley is disappointed as a hard earnt win is snatched away in the last seconds. "We're gutted not to be continuing this tournament" 😪 #HeinekenChampionsCup

"The belief when you're in that dressing room with those players is something else, they just don't know when they're beaten!" @Harlequins Defence Coach Jerry Flannery is full of praise for his squad, stepping up against a relentless Castres side 👊 #HeinekenChampionsCup

"When things aren't going our way it's just important that we stay in the fight" 💪 Sage words from @Harlequins eight Alex Dombrandt who put on a true Man of the Match performance, scoring the winning try in a remarkable game 👏 #HeinekenChampionsCup

ALEX DOMBRANDT HAS WON IT RIGHT AT THE END! 😳 With the clock in the red, Castres thought they had won it with a turnover. Instead, Domrandt's quick penalty and try is given! It's the familiar story, @Harlequins win in the dying seconds 😌 #HeinekenChampionsCup

Ben Botica that kick was perfect!! 😍 @CastresRugby break out of the scrum with quick hands and Ben Botica drops a pin-point cross-field kick straight into the hands of Filipo Nakosi for the bonus point try 🙌 What. A. game! 🥵 #HeinekenChampionsCup

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