Lang fo­cussed on Garnock clash

Ste­wart hopes to pull away from bot­tom

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports Round-up - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rugby club slumped to their ninth de­feat of the sea­son but coach Rob­bie Ste­wart in­sists their next fix­ture is more im­por­tant.

The Lang lost 29-3 against league lead­ers, Car­rick RFC last week­end, and now hope to bounce back against bot­tom side Garnock on Satur­day.

Ste­wart’s team sit a point above Satur­day’s op­po­nents and hope to pull away from them with a home vic­tory.

He said: “It’s a mas­sive game. It’s so im­por­tant, that we pick up at least three pi­o­nts.

“If we get a win it puts our fate in our own hands but we need to get the win first.

“They’re a tough side but not an over­pow­er­ing one. They’re not a mas­sive size of a side. They’re well coached and won’t give us any­thing.

“Any win we do get will be down to play­ing well and earn­ing it.”

Euan Jones kicked a first half penalty on Satur­day which would turn out to be Cam­bus­lang’s only score of the game.

The Lang were 22-3 down at the break af­ter con­ced­ing four tries in the first 20 min­utes of the match.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing,” Ste­wart said. “In the first half we went back to the bad old days of ear­lier in the sea­son.

“We were making mis­takes and played as in­di­vid­u­als at times. Ev­ery­thing that could go wrong, went wrong.

“They scored very early and we con­ceded four tries in the first 20 min­utes. We turned off on a lot of our ba­sics and made it easy for them.

“We played much bet­ter in the sec­ond half, al­though we were play­ing into the wind.

“We were hardly in the game in the first half but I said to the boys af­ter­wards that the way we started in the sec­ond half was how I thought we should have started the first.

“We had sev­eral scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond half but didn’t take them. The con­di­tions were against us. The pitch was playable and Car­rick played well on it but the wind and rain made it dif­fi­cult.”

Ste­wart has few in­jury wor­ries to be con­cerned about for this week­end’s game at home to Garnock, but is hop­ing Gre­gor Jones will re­cover from a knock he picked up against Car­rick.

Hav­ing played four more games than Garnock go­ing into Satur­day’s game, it would come as much a re­lief to the play­ers if the Lang could claim that all-im­por­tant vic­tory.

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