Robbie Stew­art

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Cam­bus­lang coach Robbie Stew­art ad­mit­ted that his team are in a rel­e­ga­tion dog fight as they slumped to bot­tom of the BT West Divi­sion One fol­low­ing their de­feat to Len­zie.

Af­ter claim­ing just one point from their open­ing five games, Robbie was pos­i­tive that the next win for his side would hope­fully kick-start their sea­son.

He said: “It was pretty stan­dard stuff from us.

“We shot our­selves in the foot a cou­ple of times but we com­peted well for the first half an hour when we took a 7-5 lead.

“But when we launched an at­tack we gave away an in­ter­cep­tion for a try and then the chap that gave away the in­ter­cep­tion got him­self a bad in­jury.

“We played well the rest of the match but didn’t look like scor­ing.

“They scored two tries later that killed the game.

“We com­peted for the whole 80 min­utes and we fin­ished strongly on the front foot. I was dis­ap­pointed that we were not more cre­ative in at­tack.

“We were miss­ing our usual stand­off and had a few guys play­ing out of po­si­tion.

“We were lack­ing a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence in try­ing to con­trol the game and it is some­thing we need to learn quickly. A pos­i­tive we could take out of the game was that our scrum play and line-out is im­prov­ing each week so we are happy with that.”

Cam­bus­lang made a pos­i­tive start to the match and put Len­zie un­der pres­sure be­fore Jones scored a well taken con­verted try.

Len­zie re­sponded well and were very un­lucky not to score when Moir broke down the wing and his kick ahead ap­peared to be touched down by the sup­port­ing Let­ford. How­ever, the referee was un­sighted. The game had now turned in Len­zie’s favour and they scored a try through Wil­liams which was un­con­verted.

The game was in the bal­ance be­fore the break and Cam­bus­lang were favourites to score when Bald­man in­ter­cepted a long pass to sprint in from 50 me­tres for a con­verted try for Len­zie to put them in a 12 - 7 lead at the break.

Len­zie dom­i­nated the sec­ond pe­riod and scored a third try through Let­ford be­fore McDer­mott scored the all im­por­tant bonus point try in the fi­nal quar­ter to seal their first win of the sea­son.

Cam­bus coach, Robbie be­lieves that get­ting con­sis­tency when pick­ing a start­ing line up will be one way in which they will be able to turn round their bad form.

He added: “We are strug­gling a bit. We have played five and lost five so it’s al­ways go­ing to be a chal­lenge.

“We said to the team on Satur­day, we are in a dog fight at the bot­tom of the ta­ble and we need to fight it out.

“I’m not say­ing we are in a false po­si­tion but we should have more points than we have. “The first win will demon­strate the be­lief we have to com­pete against th­ese teams but I hope it doesn’t come too late.

“We need to start col­lect­ing points, the sooner the bet­ter.

“My­self and the other coaches will need to iden­tify what ar­eas we need to work on and bring that into train­ing.

“We have Al­lan Glen’s at home on Satur­day.

“They beat us con­vinc­ingly in the cup com­pe­ti­tion at the start of the sea­son so the next game will see if we have im­proved.

“They are a dif­fi­cult side and have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence at this level.”

We shot our­selves in the foot a cou­ple of times but we com­peted well

Fly­ing high But it was an­other de­feat for Cam­bus

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