Gaffer Jones un­fazed by Cam­bus loss

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Cam­bus­lang RFC ... 25 Allan Glens ............ 32

Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club cap­tain Gre­gor Jones in­sisted there were pos­i­tives to take from their game on Satur­day – de­spite los­ing 32-25 to Allan Glens.

How­ever, Gre­gor was fairly prag­matic be­fore the game – at Coats Park in the BT West Re­gional Shield Cup – and, with 12 of their reg­u­lar play­ers out, he said Cam­bus never re­al­is­ti­cally ex­pected to win the tie.

“To be hon­est our main goal was to be com­pet­i­tive and we man­aged to do that,” he said.“We knew it was go­ing to be a big ask with so many first team play­ers out.

“Re­al­is­ti­cally we knew it was go­ing to be very hard for us to get a win and progress. ”The game had its up and downs. We were beaten 43-25 but we had 12 of our reg­u­lar play­ers miss­ing. It was a good op­por­tu­nity for some of the other boys to show what they could do and they did well for the ma­jor­ity of the game. It was a good test for them. “We were within four points un­til the last five min­utes and then they ran away with it. “It was dis­ap­point­ing that it ran away from us at the end, but I think the score­line flat­tered Allan Glens a lit­tle bit if I’m hon­est. “They are in the same league as us and we man­aged to push them quite close de­spite hav­ing so many first team play­ers out. “We are con­fi­dent we can be more com­pet­i­tive when we meet them in the league.” Cam­bus will take on Oban in their first league game a week on Satur­day (Septem­ber 12) at Coats Park.

Oban won the league last year, with Cam­bus fin­ish­ing sec­ond.

Cam­bus were pro­moted to the BT West League One last sea­son af­ter a re­arrange­ment of the leagues cre­ated a sec­ond pro­mo­tion spot in the BT Na­tional League Di­vi­sion Two.

They don’t have any fix­ture sched­uled this Satur­day, but Gre­gor is con­fi­dent they can get a friendly ar­ranged. He added: “My­self and my lit­tle brother (Euan) will be the only two un­avail­able for our first league game so we should be in pretty good shape for it. “Oban went up with us last year and had a very good sea­son and we know it will be a tough game – but they beat us twice last sea­son and we’ve got a point to prove. “They are a side we know, a good side, and we’ll have most of our play­ers back so I’m con­fi­dent we can get a good re­sult.

“We don’t have any­thing [lined up] for this week­end but we are try­ing to get some­thing ar­ranged to keep the play­ers tick­ing over and keep the lads sharp.”

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