Macclesfield Rugby boss looking for balance

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Macclesfield Director of Rugby Giles Heagarty believes his side are still trying to find the perfect balance.

The Blues sit bottom of the National League 1 and seem destined to be relegated, having won just two matches since being promoted last year.

Macclesfield are currently 14 points adrift of safety and face Old Abanian this weekend, who beat the Staffordshire outfit 49-15 back in October.

But Heagarty says, while performances have improved in recent weeks, the club are still trying to find the gameplan to cope at a higher level.

“We’ve had a philosophical shift since two or three games before Christmas,” said Heagarty. “We said we’re going to go out and score as many tries because we need the points.

“That mentality is a good thing but it can leave you slightly exposed.

“When you get a penalty, you think do we go kick the three points here or do we go for the jugular and get a try.

While relegation back to National League 2 North looks inevitable, the Blues have managed to pick up a series of losing bonus points in recent weeks – suggesting they are beginning to adjust to life in National League 1.

And Heagarty admits that this new philosophy was born form the disparity they faced in the early stages of the season.

“There are games when we know we are under the pump for the whole game,” he said. “So we’ve just got to go for it and see what happens.

“Then there are games where you know if you build a lead then (you have a chance of winning).

“As an opponent, if you are two scores away from a side, then you know you’ve got to go and score tries so you tend to try things that are unexpected and fool-hardy.

“That’s when mistakes can creep in and the opposition can capitalize.

“So it’s about getting the balance right between going for five points and going for the win.

“And that’s not something you can pre-plan.”

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