Fit­ness fail­ings prov­ing costly to Cam­bus

Late loss in Garnock

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Garnock .. 21 Camb’lang 20

Mur­ray Spooner Cam­bus­lang coach Rob­bie St ewa r t ad­mit­ted his team’s fit­ness has to im­prove af­ter watch­ing them suf­fer a last- gasp de­feat to Garnock.

Cam­bus lost their fourth league game on Satur­day af­ter let­ting a four-point lead slip in the fi­nal three min­utes.

Rob­bie be­lieves Garnock’s su­pe­rior fit­ness lev­els told in the end and warned his play­ers that ev­ery minute counts while they are out on the pitch.

He said: “The re­ac­tion from the game is mostly dis­ap­point­ment. Garnock is a no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult place to go.

“We were four points ahead with three min­utes to play. It was the last play of the game and came from a Garnock li­ne­out.

“They were just a bit stronger and fit­ter to­wards the end.

“There are go­ing to be lots of games like that where it’s go­ing to be so close, es­pe­cially at the bot­tom of the league.

“They had a bit more to play for in terms of mak­ing a gap be­tween us and them­selves.

“The only con­so­la­tion is that we got a point be­cause it was so close.

“I said it to the guys: ‘Ev­ery minute counts.’ It was just those last three min­utes that hurt us.”

The hosts went ahead in the 19th minute af­ter Rory Walker found the touch­line at the Cam­bus­lang five-me­tre mark and Garnock won the re­sult­ing line-out and drove the ball for­ward. Matt Shiells scored the try and Rory Walker con­verted to make it 7 – 0 to Garnock.

Six min­utes later, Cam­bus­lang were on level terms when they forced their way over the Garnock line with Alec Bean scor­ing near the posts and Johns con­vert­ing.

Walker scored a penalty from 20 me­tres to end the half with Garnock in the lead and con­tin­ued his good kick­ing af­ter the break by scor­ing another in the 43rd minute to make it 13–7.

Johns hit a penalty six min­utes later to nar­row the gap to three but Walker scored another for Garnock 22 me­tres out af­ter an off­side by Cam­bus­lang.

How­ever, the hosts’ 1610 lead was short- lived as Cam­bus­lang even­tu­ally found their way through the Garnock de­fence to score a con­verted try to nudge ahead by a point.

Johns then kicked a penalty with six min­utes left to make it 16 – 20.

But, with three min­utes left, Garnock won another scrum. The ball was fed from John­son to Walker to Danny Irvine. The cen­tre set off on a pow­er­ful run brush­ing off tack­lers to power his way over the try line near the cor­ner flag.

The con­ver­sion was missed but the dam­age was al­ready done as Cam­bus had no time to hit back.

Stewart’s men have a free week this com­ing Satur­day but the coach is ea­ger to get his play­ers back train­ing to be fight­ing fit for the game against Len­zie next week.

He said: “We’ve got a free week be­cause of the World Cup but the next game we have is against Len­zie. They are one of the teams that sit in the bot­tom half of the league.

“The rugby will take care of it­self but the fit­ness is some­thing we’ll work on.”

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