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Macclesfield v Blackburn K.O. 2.30 Priory Park

Saturday sees another tough encounter at Priory Park as the men in blue take on an in-form Blackburn, looking for revenge after the close encounter earlier in the season 20-23. While Macclesfield had a rest weekend Blackburn played their rearranged fixture against Carlisle, winning at a canter 60-12 after the Cumbrian side were decimated with injuries, finishing the match with 14 players.

Macclesfield will have to start the contest with a few changes, as Sam Stelmaszek is on international duty with Poland against the Netherlands and Jordon Simpson has the weekend off. Whilst there is good cover in the squad for back row places, Head Coach Andy Appleyard has fewer options for the 9 shirt, although Will Davies did not look out of place stepping into the breach earlier in the season. While it’s probably a week too soon for the return of Billy Robinson the pack will be more than ready for the up-front confrontation of Blackburn’s robust forwards.

Third plays sixth, but Blackburn will hope that momentum could play a part, plus the on-pitch conditions; whatever the form and prospects, the team puts great weight in the vocal support of the Macclesfield faithful. Staying in-touch with the top is now vitally important if we are to end the season with a grandstand finish; and the boys will be hoping for a big noisy crowd to help them on their way to another victory – and plenty of “Whaa-Hoos”!

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Gatland: Lions must prepare for 'cup final' 🏉 🗣️ Warren Gatland has told his Lions 🦁 to prepare for a "cup final" after their defeat to South Africa 🇿🇦 set up a series decider. 👇👇👇

ICYMI & HIGHLIGHTS - Springboks level series vs Lions as Kolbe avoids red 🏉 South Africa 🇿🇦 levelled their series vs the Lions 🦁 courtesy of a 27-9 win, as Springboks wing Cheslin Kolbe was fortunate to avoid a red card. 👇👇👇

Former referee Nigel Owens says he would have considered a red card for Cheslin Kolbe's aerial challenge on Conor Murray: trib.al/CNScjuN

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Lions ratings: Van der Merwe, Hogg, bench struggle 🏉 Pick through the player ratings from the British and Irish Lions' 🦁 second Test defeat to the Springboks 🇿🇦 in Cape Town. 👇👇👇

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🇿🇦 Never count out a wounded Springbok This series is going the distance ⚔️ #BoksvLions

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This series is going the distance ⚔️ 

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test Twitter Media - 🇿🇦 Never count out a wounded Springbok 

This series is going the distance ⚔️ 

#BoksvLions https://t.co/fbUXAkYaFg
test Twitter Media - 🇿🇦 Never count out a wounded Springbok 

This series is going the distance ⚔️ 

#BoksvLions https://t.co/fbUXAkYaFg
test Twitter Media - 🇿🇦 Never count out a wounded Springbok 

This series is going the distance ⚔️ 

#BoksvLions https://t.co/fbUXAkYaFg

🇿🇦 South Africa draw level 🇿🇦 The Springboks win the 2nd Test 27-9. All eyes on the series decider… #LionsRugby | #BoksvLions

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The Springboks win the 2nd Test 27-9.

All eyes on the series decider… 

#LionsRugby | #BoksvLions https://t.co/sZTLSRn4fW
test Twitter Media - 🇿🇦 South Africa draw level 🇿🇦 

The Springboks win the 2nd Test 27-9.

All eyes on the series decider… 

#LionsRugby | #BoksvLions https://t.co/sZTLSRn4fW
test Twitter Media - 🇿🇦 South Africa draw level 🇿🇦 

The Springboks win the 2nd Test 27-9.

All eyes on the series decider… 

#LionsRugby | #BoksvLions https://t.co/sZTLSRn4fW
test Twitter Media - 🇿🇦 South Africa draw level 🇿🇦 

The Springboks win the 2nd Test 27-9.

All eyes on the series decider… 

#LionsRugby | #BoksvLions https://t.co/sZTLSRn4fW
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