Teams deserved better

This wonderful season of sport continues with the England rugby team successful again in the World Cup and Great Britain’s Athletes winning medals at the World Championships.

Unfortunately, there was no such success at MRUFC at the weekend with all four teams losing away to their respective opposition and no home games at Priory Park. Despite the results, the coaches felt that their teams put up a good show.

The first team played away at Harrogate and lost by 18-13 giving them a losing bonus point. The side was skippered by Man of the Match Sam Moss in the absence of regular skipper Tom Morton who was being rested with a torn quadricep. Despite losing, lead coach Andy Appleyard and forwards coach Rick Jones felt that there was plenty of good play and signs of improvement. We are moving in the right direction and our defensive discipline was very good. Will Davies had a good game at fly-half and was accurate with the boot.

The second team travelled to Caldy and despite tries from Ross Turner and Lloyd Coates were beaten by the better side on the day. Team manager, Pete Langley said there were positives but hoped for improvement next week.

The thirds went away to Warrington with a depleted side and had to ‘borrow’ a player to even the sides up. Macclesfield had conceded five tries by half time but after the interval, the defensive tackling was more robust.  Andy Pierce played well for 65 minutes. A try was scored by Simon Grant, the team manager and Captain and it was great to see Matt Harding on the pitch at age 56 and staying competitive for the full 80 minutes.

Dan Golding who has recently moved into the area, Jack Caswell and George Hodkinson were all outstanding and are pushing to move up to the 2nds. Tom Leicester at fly-half had a solid game.

These younger players are the future of the club.

Simon Grant is optimistic by nature and an excellent club man but is unhappy about the recruitment of players and feels this is an issue the whole club needs to address.

The fourth team lost away to Ashton on Mersey. See separate report on this fixture.

Coach’s Profile

Macclesfield rugby club is very fortunate to have Andy Appleyard as head coach. After university, where he gained a BSc (Hons) in Sports Development and Coaching, he joined the England RFU and worked inside the England setup. His last match involved in the England setup was against Australia when England won at Twickenham.

Andy is very thorough and has a development plan for every member of the first and second-team squad. He also has an overview for the entire playing unit.  Rick Jones, the forwards’ coach, organises the scrummaging, lines out, rucking, mauling and defence. Matt Coleridge is responsible for videoing each game and these are reviewed before the next training session. Video footage is also used to analyse the opposition for future games.

Andy feels the club is in a good place and holds to the club’s vision “one club, one badge, one voice”.  He believes the culture on and off the field demonstrates the right philosophy for promotion up the leagues.

Women’s Rugby

Macclesfield ladies finished 2nd last season in their development league. They have been busy recruiting over the summer and now have 25 playing members. New players are turning up each week and the team is still attracting new talent. If anyone is interested, come on down to training – Thursdays 7 till 8.30 pm.

This season, the Ladies team will compete in the Cheshire Women’s Series Development League. Just finalising fixtures for the season.  Simon Dempsey is coach on simondempsey259@msn.com.

Saturday’s fixtures

All four teams are at home:

1st v Carlisle, 2nd v Fylde 3rd also at home and Fourth v Ashton under Lyme.

In the morning, come on down and watch England v France in the World Cup on the big screen, KO 9.15, breakfast served and the bar is open.


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