First Division new boys still adapting, says Stewart
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.