Cam­bus must find their feet in league

Six losses in a row is “dis­ap­point­ing”

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Cam­bus­lang .......... 10 Al­lan Glen’s ........... 22

Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club coach Robbie Stew­art has told his play­ers they need to find their feet at this level or risk more dis­ap­point­ment.

Cam­bus slumped to their sixth league de­feat in a row on Satur­day when they went down 22- 10 at home to Al­lan Glen’s.

The re­sult leaves Cam­bus at the bot­tom of the league, with a soli­tary loss bonus point to show for their ef­forts since win­ning pro­mo­tion to the BT West Divi­sion One.

Robbie said: “This is not what I ex­pected, it’s very dis­ap­point­ing, but maybe it’s un­der­stand­able. We either get up to the level we need to get to or we’ll just keep hav­ing sim­i­lar re­sults and sim­i­lar con­ver­sa­tions af­ter the games. “We’ll keep try­ing to im­prove.” Cam­bus started the game on the back foot, but their defence held firm for 20 min­utes un­til Al­lan Glen’s fi­nally found a way through to add a try and con­ver­sion to an ear­lier penalty.

Euan Jones made it 10- 3 with a suc­cess­ful penalty but an­other try be­fore half-time saw Cam­bus go in at the break fac­ing a 12-point deficit.

Chris Bolton crossed for the home side and Euan Jones made the con­ver­sion to make it 15-10 be­fore a fi­nal try and con­ver­sion ended any hopes of a Cam­bus come­back. De­spite his dis­ap­point­ment, Robbie reck­ons his men aren’t miles away from where they need to be.

He said: “That was a team who we lost to quite heav­ily when we played them in the cup ear­lier in the sea­son.

“In the first 20 we de­fended quite well but even­tu­ally their pres­sure told.

“Af­ter half-time we came back into it and got to within five points, but again they man­aged to score.

“It was quite dis­ap­point­ing to not even get a loss bonus.

“The last two games we’ve lost by 10 and 12 points.

“This sounds daft, but that’s only one score for us and one less for them.

“We’ve been a bit closer in re­cent weeks, but the thing that did for us on Satur­day was the fact we lost five of our line outs in a row, and when you do that, it’s very dif­fi­cult to be com­pet­i­tive.

“Again, we had three or four guys miss­ing who we would have looked to have in the squad, hope­fully we can get them back and get a run at it when the first choice play­ers are avail­able.”

Next up for Cam­bus is a tough trip to Glas­gow Aca­dem­i­cals, who cur­rently sit third in the league.

Robbie said: “They are a very strong team who tra­di­tion­ally play as fast, open game. They have the po­ten­tial to put a few points past you. We need to make sure that phys­i­cally, we match them.”

Im­prove­ment Cam­bus coach Robbie Stew­art reck­ons his men will need to im­prove quickly

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