Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’

Yet another frustrating weekend for Macclesfield Rugby with the weather putting paid to any sport on Saturday with all the club’s games being postponed due to the winter weather which now means that we will be playing into May well after the local cricket season begins as all the current ‘reserve’ weekends are already taken up with games previously postponed due to the state of grounds.

Those ‘reserve’ dates by the way are as follows: – 17 March now sees us entertaining Luctonians postponed from last December and 31 March will see the local derby with Sale take place although I understand that this may take place on the Friday evening under lights so watch this space (hopefully all the lights will be functioning if that is the case as a couple are currently out) so it looks like the Hinckley (note spelling) game will be on 5 May.

It was all round a bad day at the office as all games in Two North were postponed along with many others nationwide so plenty of ‘catch up’ to be done before honours are awarded but at least it gave us all a chance to sit back and watch some Premiership Rugby on the box but for me there is nothing like being on the sidelines supporting the Blues at Saturday afternoons with the promise of a pint or two in the club afterwards!

This weekend the 1st XV travel up to the North East to meet long time rivals Tynedale with whom we have had many close encounters and directions for those travelling later in this piece.  My current gripe is with the fixture moguls of all the other leagues that Macclesfield sides play in as with the Senior side up in Tynedale this Saturday the Lions (2ndXV) who you would have thought would have been at Priory Park are out on the Wirral at Caldy with only the 4th XV playing at home.  This isn’t a one off either as we see both sides ‘away’ again on 14 April with the Blues at Luctonians and the Lions over at Firwood Waterloo.  Compound this with the fact that last Saturday had the games been played both 1st & 2nd teams would have been at home and this happens again on 21 April when again both are at home with the 1st entertaining Stourbridge and the Lions play a local derby with Sale.  Anyway gripe over but perhaps some forward thinking may be of use next season.  I wait in anticipation……………

Away from Rugby our Cricket one day squad won a tense game on Saturday in New Zealand to go 2-1 up in the series and hopefully by the weekend it will be even better. I will not, however, mention that other rugby games results last week!!  However it is interesting to note that in the Football World Cup they are going to use ‘Video Assistance Referees’.  Not before time as they have been used with success for some time now in RL – no other observation necessary from this scribe!!

Talking RL it was good to see Sale’s Denny Solomona showing just why they moved him from Rugby League with his hat-trick in Sale’s victory at Northampton on Saturday.  It is good to see Sale playing at the top end of this seasons Aviva Premiership.

The Six Nations comes to its final two weekends on Saturday with England, still smarting from that Scottish lesson, travelling over the Channel to Paris and Ireland entertaining Scotland in what should be a cracker.  Still all to play for but Ireland now very much in the driving seat still unbeaten and two to play with March 17 at Twickenham looking likely to be a ‘Grand Slam’ decider for the boys in Green.

Games for Saturday – in the hope of a spell of decent weather :-

1st v. Tynedale – Away –  NOTE EARLY START

2nd v. Caldy – Away

3rd v. Wilmslow 2 – Away

4th v. Sandbach 3 – Home

For those travelling to the North East Tynedale play at Tynedale Park, Station Road, Corbridge, Northumberland NE45 5AY and via M61-M6-A69 it is around 173 miles so allow 3 1/4hours for travel.

Via M62 & A1 it is 197 miles so allow more time bearing in mind early KO.

That’s it for now – enjoy your Rugby – I do,



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