Pete to the four in final game
Departing player-coach earns club’s bonus point
Cambuslang Rugby Club player-coach Peter Callaghan signed off in style by scoring four tries in his final game for the club.
The 24-year-old former Stonelaw High pupil is leaving the club as he has a new job in London, but made sure his last match was one to remember, as his four tries ensured Cambuslang got a handy bonus point against Waysiders/Drumpellier.
Pete took over as forwards coach under head coach Robbie Stewart in the summer.
The former first XV captain said: “It’s a nice way to go. I actually felt I was due a game like that for a wee while as I was getting close, do that was definitely the way to do it.
“I’m moving to London on January 3, so that will be me for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, I’ll get back up before the end of the season and hopefully get at least one more game.
“We’re in a great position now, and there’s a lot more confidence about the team this year. They won’t let their heads go down when we go behind, and will fight all the way, grinding out results when we’re not playing well.”
Pete played only a handful of games last season after picking up an injury three years ago, but was delighted to get back playing this year.
He explained: “I’ve really been enjoying my rugby this season, as I came back to do the forward coaching, and I got a wee bit carried away in training and have ended up playing again.
“I’m really enjoying it, and I know I’ll miss it on a Saturday afternoon.”
Coach Robbie Stewart said: “Peter will be a massive loss to us.
“But it’s a great opportunity for the other players to fill the gap, but it’s a hole where we’ll need everybody to step up and raise their game by whatever percent, to make up for what he does.
“It’s not just a case of a like-forlike replacement.
“Pete keeps us going forward off the scrum, and he’s a good organiser, and he’s our go-to man in the lineout.
“We really need three or four players to up their game - that’s how much we’ll miss Pete.”
With Pete’s departure from the coaching team, Robbie has moved swiftly to fill the gap for the rest of the current campaign.
He explained: “I’m bringing in Franklin ‘Frankie’ Clarke, who was in the same team as myself and former Cambuslang coach Jim Barrie at Kilmarnock.
“He was looking for an opportunity as a coach, so this is a great chance for him. He’s agreed to help us out from now until the end of the season.
“Frankie’s going to bring an abrasive and fast-starting approach to the game, which is something we need to get in.”
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Departing Pete Callaghan scored four tries on Saturday