We played some sublime rugby, but not for long enough

Macclesfield Blues Head Coach Giles Heagerty was again left disappointed after his team came away with another loss at Priory Park after putting themselves in a strong position at the break.

The Blues were up by two points at half time thanks to two tries from vice-captain Jordan Brookes and one a piece for Josh Fowles and Ollie Fewtrell.

“To go in winning at half time from 22-5 down showed a lot of character and rugby ability, we played some brilliant stuff and Ollie Fewtrell scored an outstanding solo try. In the second half we didn’t touch the ball early on but then when we did Rhodri Mayor scored a try, but after that we didn’t touch it for nearly 20 minutes and by that point the game had gone.”

Heagerty admitted that from a neutral point of view the game will have been brilliant, but admitted that scoring five tries at home should not result in a defeat. However he felt Cinderford executed their game plan very well.

“We’ve scored five tries today and lost. For the neutral it was brilliant, 75 points in the glorious sunshine, happy days. We lacked control, we came under pressure at the scrum and im not too sure why, it didn’t necessarily decide the game but it had a big impact on the momentum of the game and we know that plays a very big part. We’ve played some sublime rugby in parts but fair play to Cinderford they came and had a game plan and executed it.”

Besides being the final home game of the season, it was also a the final game as a player for Chris Jones who will take up a coaching role at the club and the final game at home for head of rehabilitation Caron Doyle, and Giles was full of praise for both members of staff.

“Chris still has an enormous part to play at this club. He and I have known each other since we were seven years old, and now to be back together and to have him in the coaching team is brilliant, he has been invaluable. Coaching is a very lonely job, to have someone like Chris is brilliant; it’s difficult to into words how important it is to have people like CJ in your coaching staff.”

“Karen is the jedi of physio and we will miss her enormously, it would be unfair to say how much we will miss her as Mike Carolan would be the only man who could truly answer that question but from my point of view she is fantastic, she keeps and everyone grounded as she continues to add perspective for us throughout everything that has happened. She’ll hate me for saying it but she is a bit of a mother for the group.”

The Blues have one final game left of this National One campaign, and Heagerty hopes that his side can give one last big effort before they can enjoy a couple of months off.

“We’ve got two practices left and then 80 minutes, before two months off. Weve got to count the costs of today, we’ve had a couple of nasty bumps but we’ve got to dust ourselves off one last time and give a big final 80 minutes of national one rugby.”

 


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