Pete to the four in fi­nal game

De­part­ing player-coach earns club’s bonus point

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Kenny Smith

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

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