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Macclesfield RUFC 40 Coventry 10

Head coach Geoff Wappett hailed his side’s versatility as Blues won against Coventry at Priory Park.

Head coach Geoff Wappett hailed his side’s versatility as Blues won against Coventry at Priory Park.

There was a reshuffle in the backs division with Ross Winney moving to full-back, Fergus Mulchrone to outside centre and Jack Moorhouse to the wing, with Tom Eaton returning from injury at fly-half for his first start of 2012.

"I was happy with how it went," said Wappett. "Having Tom at fly-half gives us plenty of try-scoring options so, by moving Ross to full-back and Fergus to the centre, we were able to utilise our resources.

"It’s not often this season that I’ve been able to select Charlie (Mulchrone), Tom and Ross in the team at once, so that was good."

Tries from the Mulchrones, Iain Taylor and Ryan Parkinson sealed the bonus point after 26 minutes and Gavin Woods and Edd Stobart completed the rout in the second half.

Winney converted five of his six attempts at goal to cap off a quality all-round performance for Blues.

Macc were just relieved to take to the field after a postponement last week and, after just 40 seconds, Tom Davenport continuing his superb form in the centre to batter through the defence and off-load for centre partner Fergus Mulchrone to score. Blues continued to pile on the pressure and the forwards retained possession with ease as they wore the Coventry defence down early on.

Taylor added his side’s second try on the back of a driving maul before Parkinson touched down the third with less than 20 minutes gone.

Shortly afterwards Charlie Mulchrone sealed the bonus point, evading his tackler to score well, and Winney converting to give the home team a 28-0 lead at the break.

Macc continued to build the pressure and could have had another score soon after the restart, but for some desperate defending, and a last-gasp knock-on from winger Josh Fowles.

Blues were made to rue the chance as Brett Daynes pulled a try back although Elliot Read’s conversion hit the post.

Macc didn’t rest on their laurels and Woods put the home side firmly back in the driving seat, touching down on the back of a rolling maul. The prop was adjudged to have been held up initially, though after consultation from his assistant, referee Marcus Caton awarded the try.

Coventry continued to absorb the waves of pressure as they raided the replacements bench looking for respite.

Davenport’s immaculate display was brought to a premature end, picking up a knock. He was replaced by Stobart, but his performance didn’t escape the watchful eye of Wappett.

"Tom is a quality player, he gives the opposition plenty of headaches," added the director of rugby.

"He’s a big lad, and is hard to bring down, so when he stays on his feet after contact, that makes the difference between keeping the ball and getting quality fast ball."

The replacement Stobart then sealed the emphatic victory with a well-worked try, although Winney was unable to keep his perfect record intact.

Coventry replacement Andy Murray grabbed a late consolation but the result had been sealed and the damage done.

"We did well, the conditions were difficult but we used them sensibly," said Wappett.

"We had the wind in the first half but we didn’t over kick.

"A job is never done when the weather is like that so our work defensively in the second half impressed me.

"We were keen to make amends for the reverse fixture where we didn’t give the best account of ourselves and we did that."

Macc move into fourth in National League One after Rosslyn Park’s narrow defeat at Wharfedale and they will face Park away in a rearranged fixture from last week.

 

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