Cam­bus play­ers take it one game at a time

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page -

Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club cap­tain James McLaren says the side have not fixed their sights on the league ti­tle.

Cam­bus, who re­turned to the sole spot for pro­mo­tion in BT West League Two last week, have now given them­selves a cush­ion at the top of the league after beat­ing Pais­ley on Satur­day.

They are now six points clear of sec­ond-placed Ste­wartry, seven ahead of Oban Lorne (who have a game in hand), and hold an eight point lead over Stra­then­drick.

With each win po­ten­tially of­fer­ing five points, Cam­bus know that if they keep win­ning, they’ll take the ti­tle.

But James re­vealed: “To be per­fectly hon­est, we’re not re­ally talk­ing about win­ning the league too much.

“We’re not look­ing at the big pic­ture just now - all we’re do­ing is take each game as it comes.

“We want to keep our feet on the ground and not get too car­ried away. We just look at each Satur­day’s games as they come along.

“I know that we’re in a good po­si­tion and have a good chance to do it, but we’re not count­ing our chick­ens yet.

“We didn’t play at our best on Satur­day, and that’s a good sign, be­cause at the end of the sea­son teams that do well are able to grind out re­sults.”

One re­sult else­where was of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est, as Oban drew their match with McLaren.

Coach Rob­bie Ste­wart added: “Oban have dropped a few points this sea­son,which has brought Ste­wartry and Stra­then­drick into it a bit more.

“We’ve al­ready beaten Ste­warty and Stra­then­drick, and Oban still have to play them both, and no one can win all three of those games, so they will take points from each other, which can only ben­e­fit us. We just need to con­cen­trate on win­ning our own games.”

How­ever, Cam­bus still have to make the trip to Oban, and have strug­gled to raise teams to make the jour­ney over the last cou­ple of years.

James said: “I think we’re look­ing good this year, and a lot of the boys have put that date in their di­aries, so we can go up there with a strong team and make a day of it.

“It’s a long jour­ney, but if we can make it into a bit of a party, that will make a big dif­fer­ence.”

The cap­tain added: “At the start of the sea­son, Rob­bie told us he wanted to win pro­mo­tion.

“We’ve all re­ally bought into what he’s telling us - we’re un­der­stand­ing what he’s say­ing in train­ing and putting it into ac­tion on the pitch.

“So far we’ve played well in patches, but we’ve not yet had that game where ev­ery­thing has clicked. When that hap­pens, we’re go­ing to take an aw­ful lot of points off some­one.”

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