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Luctonians 8-26 The Blues

Macclesfield made it 7 bonus point wins on the bounce when they travelled to Luctonians and secured a 8-26 win. The five points also meant that Macc replaced Sedgely Park Tigers at the top of the table going into the first break of the season.

The Blues dominated possession in the first half but stubborn Luctonians defence meant that Macc only went in at the break one try to the good.

The try came on 28 minutes, The Blues won a line out deep in their opponent’s territory, set the driving maul and Dave Marwick was there to dot down at the back for his eighth try in as many games.

It took ten minutes of the second half for The Blues to get their second try. A strong scrummage from the Macc pack resulted in Tom Eaton feeding number eight Franky Barker to touch down, Lewis Barker converted and gave The Blues a 12 point lead.

Both sides were then reduced to 14 men, Henry Monkley of Luctonians was the first man in the bin for repeated offenses and then Blues captain Mike Finnemore followed for taking a Luctonians man out in the air.

Luctonians got their first points on the board shortly after Finnemore was sent to the bin, with a penalty kicked by Louis Silver.

The hosts were then reduced to 13 men on the hour mark though, and Macclesfield took immediate advantage of the extra man, The Blues scrum once providing the platform, the ball was moved wide and Elliot Brierley finished well to score, Barker once again converting.

On 69 minutes Macclesfield increased the gap between the two sides and secured the bonus point. Lewis Barker showing a great turn of pace to glide between defenders and dive in under the posts. The young Welshman converted his own score and moved The Blues onto 26 points.

The hosts got a well deserved consolation try late in the game, setting a strong drive from the line out and crashing over the line, Dan Smith the scorer.

 

Giles Heagerty and Chris Jones deliver the post match talk.
Giles Heagerty delivers the post match talk.

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We don't quite believe it either! What a whirlwind of a match! 🔥🌪️ #HeinekenChampionsCup

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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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