Game called off

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Fix­ture is axed through lack of play­ers

Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club had to call off a week­end friendly due to a lack of num­bers.

But while frus­trated that the game was off, cap­tain James McLaren says it’s bet­ter that play­ers are un­avail­able now due to their holidays, than when the com­pet­i­tive sea­son is un­der­way.

The Coats Park club were un­able to ful­fil one of their West League Two fix­tures last sea­son, which re­sulted in the club be­ing pe­nalised with a points de­duc­tion.

For­mer Trin­ity High pupil James said: “Pre-sea­son has been go­ing well - but we were dis­ap­pointed that we couldn’t get a full squad for Satur­day’s game with Car­rick, but we’d far rather lose guys now while they’re on hol­i­day, than when the sea­son has started.

“Of course, we want to have a good pre­sea­son, but what mat­ters most is when it comes to the league.

“We’d like to be play­ing ev­ery week, to be as fit and sharp as pos­si­ble for the first league game, but some­times it can’t be helped.

“The guys book holidays so they get away in the sum­mer, and are there to play dur­ing the sea­son.”

Cam­bus are un­der new man­age­ment, with coach Rob­bie Ste­wart having suc­ceeded Scott For­rest at the helm.

James con­tin­ued: “He’s been work­ing us re­ally hard. We thought we were a fit side, but he’s been re­ally hit­ting us with new rou­tines.

“He’s got quite a dif­fer­ent plan of work­ing, and has to­tally changed ev­ery­thing we do - he’s brought in new run­ning tech­niques, and adapt­ing us to the way he wants to play.

“He’s been very pleased with our at­tack­ing, but we know we need to work on our de­fence.”

Cam­bus kick off the 2014/14 sea­son on Septem­ber 6.

James added: “Our first game is a week on Satur­day against Ste­wartry, away, which will be a dif­fi­cult game as they are all big boys, with phys­i­cal for­wards and a good few run­ners.

“It will be good to see we do when we pit our­selves against a good team from last sea­son and see now just how we’re do­ing, but how the oth­ers are pro­gress­ing. I’d ex­pect Ste­wartry to be up there this sea­son, chal­leng­ing for pro­mo­tion.”

All change Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club cap­tain James McLaren

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