Macclesfield got their sixth win on the bounce this weekend at home to Otley, the Blues won the game with another try scoring bonus point but head coach Giles Heagerty was still left frustrated with numerous elements of his team’s play. Macc ran out 38-27 winners, but it was the amount Otley scored, and the chances his team squandered.
“We talked before the game about raising our standards and getting out of our comfort zone, we’ve done enough, we’ve scored tries, got five points. But the lads are frustrated. Otley are a good side, defensively they took time to wear down, the boys reckon they’ve bombed about 10 good opportunities.”
The Blues will now have a busy week at training with plenty to build on, Heagerty believes his team can not afford to play like that again, as it could cost them further down the line.
“Its going to be a busy week, we never seemed to get into our system and I’m not sure why, we’ve conceded 20 plus points, if we do that every week we’ll come unstuck. They had a very strong set piece, and a good attack, theylooked sharp when they had the ball.”
Blues lock forward David Marwick earned the man of the match award after the game. The line out general looked solid throughout the game, and picked up two tries in the process to take him to seven, in six matches.
“Marwick is playing very well. He’s outstanding every week he goes out there and leaves it all on the field. He has a sniff for the try line at the moment I think he’s having a bit of a competition with Ryan Parkinson. He has a good rugby brain, and does some really good things for us at the lineout.”
The Blues face Luctonians away next week, and Giles Heagerty knows his team must up their standards if they are to carry on their fine winning streak.
“They’re at home, and they’re always good at home, our away form has been streaky though so we really need to up our standards. It seems odd talking so negatively after having won a game, but we have to play better.