Sandbach 3’s 29 – 17 Macclesfield 4’s

An enormous game for Macclesfield against the league leaders;  Sandbach have dominated this division all season fielding a young well drilled and enthusiastic team.

The visitors lost the toss and were forced to play the first half uphill on a steeply sloping pitch against a strong wind.  They defended  very well but still turned round having conceded three tries and 17 points in arrears.  It says much for the team spirit that they won the second half with Sandbach’s last score in the final minute when Ryan Brown’s team at only 3points behind were looking for a score, all their players were in offensive positions but the ball went loose so with no cover a speedy young winger won the foot race going the full length of the field to touch down between the posts.

Rod McLeod had a huge game scored two tries the first from a rolling maul but the second an excellent individual storming run. The other try by Keiran Merriman the no 8 really brought Macclesfield back into the game to set up the last quarter of pressure by the 4th team.

Brown had been welcomed back after missing the previous two but showed no I’ll effects of his virus.  Indeed the back three who included Richard Hogg and Michael Moore as well all defended the high ball and attacked outstandingly.

Jack Pearce and Zane Townsville as forward breakaways caught the eye because of their tackling and work in the rucks.  Turning over the ball in rucks is often unseen but Jeremy Bostock, Keith O’Brian and Mike Dale do such a lot of this hard slog winning turn overs and delaying fast ball by the opposition.

Rufus Dixon has shown his segacity all season with his throwing into the line outs, always able to compensate for strong winds.  Of the half backs James Parsons was brilliant a wonderful replacement for Andrew Foster who’s knee injury could keep him out for the remainder of the season; Ben Heginbotham was again an excellent fulcrum keeping the backs supplied with quick clean ball.

Simon Street is so adaptable, this week as centre alongside Aled Williams, these two kept bringing the ball into Macclesfield’s big strong pack.

The two impact players off the bench were Steve Mannion and Craig Price, showed their experience and versatility, coming on out of position but making positive contributions.

The side has another week off and then it’s back to Congleton whom they have beaten twice already this season, let’s hope for the hat trick.


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We still have places left for teams to get involved 🔗BOOK NOW:👀💰 £600 Prize for the Men’s Open & £250 for the women’s 7s winners! 🤩🥇🏆Don’t miss a great day of Rugby 🏉 & sport including our new 5 a side football ⚽️ offer! Also Lacrosse🥍 will be full swing on the Saturday for anyone interested in seeing what it’s all about! #rugby #rugbysevens #rugby7s #cashprizes #WalkingRugby #womensrugby #communityrugby #football #lacrosse #Macclesfield #cheshire #rugbyclub #camping ... See MoreSee Less
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The End of Season Awards were presented at the End of Season Ball 2024 - a fantastic evening celebrating the end of a successful season which saw the 1st XV crowned champions of Premier North and promoted to National League Rugby 2 West. Our Macclesfield Womens Rugby XV went (virtually) undefeated and will now move into their first league from the 24/25 season and the 2nd / 3rd Xv celebrated their league achievements too! With thanks to all who attended - and all our supporters and sponsors throughout the year. The event was held in aid of the Cardiac Risk in the Young - Onwards we go into the 150th year for the Club and bring on season 2024/25!!!Full list of winners below!Chairman’s Player of the Season 23/24 - Tom Burden 1stXV Players Player 23/24 - Harry Blackwell 1stXV Coaches Player 23/24 - Harry Blackwell 1stXV Most Improved 23/24 - Tom Jennings 2ndXV Players Player 23/24 - Ted Broadley2ndXV Coaches Player 23/24 - Hector Tomlinson 2ndXV Most Improved 23/24 - Carl Droy 2ndXV Young Player 23/24 - Haydn Keogh 3rdXV Players Player 23/24 - Mathew Price3rdXV Most Improved 23/24 - Rupert Dixon 3rdXV Captains Player 23/24 - Mike Dale Women’s Players Player 23/24 - Tiegan Shaw Women’s Players Player 23/24 - Liz JarrattWomen’s Coaches Player 23/24 - Julia Ashford Women’s Most Improved 23/24 - Annie James Bert Ashley tankard 23/24 - Mel BramleyWomen’s Best Newcomer 23/24 - Chloe Newbigging ... See MoreSee Less
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