Fitness failings proving costly to Cambus
Late loss in Garnock
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.”