CONSTANT THREAT: Macquarie hooker Chris Hyde was a standout Man of the Match. Picture: Simone De PeakMACQUARIEcoach Adam Bettridge has revealed the important role he wants the club’s supporters to play as the Scorpions prepare for a string of important home fixtures in the Newcastle rugby league premiership.
Betteridge has identified the next three home matches as critical to the Scorpions’ season.
The first of those matches will be played at Lyall Peacock Field this Saturday when Macquarie hosts Maitland.
Last Sunday, Macquarie scored an dominant38-16 win over South Newcastle.
The two competition points moved Macquarieinto third position on the ladder, just a point behind the competition’s co-leaders Western Suburbsand Lakes United.
Macquarie conceded the first try of the game after just five minutes, but dominated thereafter, racing in six unanswered tries in 35 minutesto lead32-6 at halftime.
Bettridge said it was an emphatic win with all players doing their bit.
The Macquarie forwards, in particular,laid the platform and were dominant in the first halfwhich allowed the backs to come into their own, he said.
“I was very impressed with ShaneBeale who was a late call-up for the game after Teason Fa’Avae-Eli failed a fitness test when he injured hiscalf at training on Thursday night,” the coach said.
“But hookerChris Hyde produced a standout man of thematch performance, always troubling the South defence with his service from the play the ball, andmaking over 30 tackles.”
Bettridge said that the nextthree home games – starting with Maitland this Saturday – would be important in determining Macquarie’sseason.
“With a very big home crowd behind us I would be confident ofbeating any side at PeacockField and we certainly don’t want to let our supporters down in any game – especially not at home,” he said.
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