London Scottish 60 Macclesfield 10 – Macclesfield Blues in Every Sense of the Word
28th March 2011
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Macclesfield suffered a heavy 60-10 defeat at the hands of London Scottish this weekend in National League One. The Blues traveled south knowing that a win against the league leaders could see them move to 3rd in the league table though it was not to be. Director of Rugby Geoff Wappet said, "We were beaten by the better team and at times they played some outstanding rugby and we never really found our rhythm". The Blues were on the back foot almost immediately with Scottish applying heavy pressure straight from the kick off. It took just 9 minutes for the deadlock to be broken and that was thanks to a Craig Ratford penalty, which gave the home side a 3-0 lead. London Scottish continued to pressure and an error in defense from Jack Moorhouse allowed centre Ben MacDougal to score his first try of the game after 21 minutes, fly half Ratford converted and the lead was now 10 points. The Blues were starved of the ball and simply not allowed to play. Once again poor defense was the cause of London Scottish's second try, with full back John Bordiss escaping a number of tackles to score; Ratford added the extras to take the score to 17-0. Scottish could sense blood and piled on the pressure towards the end of the half, it paid off when prop Tom Stanfield carried the ball over. Ratford missed his kick and Macc went in 22-0 down at the break. The Blues needed a big response in the second half to stand any chance of a comeback but two early tries from Scottish all but ended the away sides hopes, Bordiss claimed his second of the game and Ollie Brown also touched down. Ratford converted one and the score was now 34-0. The Blues kept fighting and each time tried to rally themselves but constant pressure from the home team curtailed their chances, and after 55 minutes the game was all but over when Lewis Calder scored the Clan's sixth try of the game. Ratford continued his fine kicking performance to make the score 41-0. The scoring was not over there, winger Roman Piotrowski scored with a fine run down the right wing and Ratford once again converted, 48-0. Though shortly after scoring his try, Piotrowski was ordered off the field after seeing yellow for interfering with play. To their credit Macclesfield did not give up and continued to look for a breakthrough and it came after 69 minutes when Captain Evan Stewart touched the ball down in the corner and Macc were on the board, 48-5. Chris Jones added a second try for Macclesfield but kicker Ross Winney failed to convert both. Two further tries from Mark Soden and Steven Hihetah completed rout, it was a bad day at the office for the Blues and thoughts will now turn to Rosslyn Park next week and a chance to return to winning ways.

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