Macclesfield RUFC 35-24 Leicester Lions RUFC

Macclesfield beat Leicester today, to get a vital bonus point win, which moves them off the bottom of the league table.

Macc started the better of the two sides, dominating both territory and possession, putting the away side under a lot of pressure.

Macc’s early pressure was rewarded after they opened the scoring, through a try by Sam Broster. A grubber kick by skipper Tom Morts picked the centre out, who finished brilliantly. The resulting conversion by Morts was missed.

However soon later, Leicester equalised through Martin after clever work by the away backline. The conversion by Lewis was missed and we had a tied game.

Macc then retook the lead, through Tom Brand after a lineout in the corner was mauled by Macc, which completely overpowered Leicester’s pack, with him able to put the ball across the line. The conversion was scored.

Macc then enhanced their lead, through scrum-half Jonny Mason, who scored after he played a clever dummy, that tricked Leicester’s backline and gave him a straight path to score. The conversion was missed.

Morts then converted a penalty in front of the posts, to strengthen Macc’s lead in a dominant first half.

Josh Redfern then scored Macc’s fourth try on the stroke of half-time, which was almost a carbon copy of the second try, in which another powerful maul overpowered Leicester’s pack. The following conversion was missed.

After half time, Macc started the second as they ended the first, dominating the away side physically, while also playing the better rugby.

Milo Hall then scored for Macc after another great grubber kick by Morts, this time picked out the winger Hall, who executed the move. The resulting conversion was missed.

Leicester scored soon after through Godfrey, who scored in the corner after good hands by the away team allowed him the space to score. The conversion was missed.

Macclesfield scored again, this time through Spanish international Sam Parry as he picked up a loose ball and then outpaced everyone, to finish brilliantly in the corner. The conversion was missed.

Macc then seemed like they were cruising, up 35-10, with all hopes of a comeback surely of the cards.

But Leicester would not go down without a fight, which what made this such a brilliant game of rugby.

Leicester got back into the game after they scored, they’re third try of the day after a great run by Tapscott was finished by Roberts. The resulting conversion was scored, meaning the score line became 35-17.

Then just two minutes later they scored again, this time through Warren-West, after a great break by the Lions number eight. The conversion was scored to give Leicester a bonus point and a tense finish at Priory Park, with the score at 35-24, with 10 minutes remaining.

But Macclesfield deservedly saw the game out with courageous and smart defending, despite having to go a man down after Mason’s red card after he picked up a yellow at the end of each half.

Macclesfield attack coach, Apps said: ‘we’re over the moon, it’s a great win for us at home, hopefully it’ll get the ball rolling again, but it’s all through the lads hard work after a strong weeks training. We’re looking good now.’

‘We’ve had a big focus on set pieces and we’ve done a lot of work on consistency and keeping the ball as well and that’s put us where we are today, and it worked really well, especially in the first half.’

‘I’m really looking forward to Sheffield away, they’re a quick side and they’ve got a young coach in position that coaches well. They’ll be hungry, but we need to go there with the same sort of game we played today and tighten up at our breakdown. We’re going with confidence though.’

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