Game called off
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