First Di­vi­sion new boys still adapt­ing, says Stewart

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

He­lens­burgh .... 42 Cam­bus­lang ......5

Cam­bus­lang coach Rob­bie Stewart reck­ons his play­ers are still ad­just­ing to life in the BT West First Di­vi­sion.

Cam­bus slumped to their sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son on Satur­day, go­ing down to a heavy loss in He­lens­burgh.

The loss leaves the Coats Park men point­less af­ter two games — and Rob­bie be­lieves the squad aren’t quite up to the pace re­quired at this level just yet.

He said: “There’s an el­e­ment of that.

“I said to them on Satur­day that in these games ev­ery minute counts. The pat­tern has been us com­pet­ing for 60 or 70 min­utes.

“Ev­ery game has seen the op­po­si­tion score in the fi­nal 10 min­utes and that tells its own story about our fit­ness.

“Oddly enough on Satur­day, there were signs we are get­ting a lit­tle bet­ter.

“If we can im­prove our game man­age­ment, be a bit more aware and keep our con­cen­tra­tion all the time then we’ll get bet­ter.”

Cam­bus were es­sen­tially swept away with a three-try flurry in 10 firsthalf min­utes from their hosts.

Although there was an im­prove­ment af­ter half-time, two other tries from in­ter­cep­tions deep in the He­lens­burgh half saw Cam­bus fall fur­ther be­hind.

Rob­bie said: “We did come back into it a bit but it would be un­fair to say the score­line flat­tered them.

“We lost three tries in 10 min­utes, which is some­thing that’s been hap­pen­ing. We’ve been los­ing scores quickly. We were un­der a lot of pres­sure.

“In the sec­ond half they had two scores from, in­ter­cep­tions as we chased the game. It was a tough game.”

Another is­sue fac­ing Cam­bus right now is play­ers miss­ing out due to other com­mit­ments.

That is likely to be the case again on Satur­day when they host pre-sea­son favourites, Car­rick on a bank hol­i­day week­end.

Rob­bie ad­mits it isn’t an ideal sit­u­a­tion: “Car­rick are the league lead­ers and strong favourites for the league, so when you look at our two home games, that’s Car­rick and Oban Lorne, both of whom are very tough op­po­si­tion.

“So there’s no rea­son to start pan­ick­ing, we just need to pre­pare and see what we can take out of the game.

“We will be miss­ing about six guys who would have made us very com­pet­i­tive as they have other com­mit­ments. Hope­fully Car­rick are in the same boat, but some­how I doubt they will be.”

Cam­bus­lang’s sec­ond XV also lost to He­lens­burgh in a 10- try thriller on Satur­day, go­ing down 36-34.

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