Vic­tory sees Coats Park men move up the ta­ble

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Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club recorded their big­gest points score of the sea­son so far af­ter an em­phatic 66-15 win over Len­zie RFC on Satur­day.

Coach Rob­bie Ste­wart ap­plauded his side’s pow­er­ful per­for­mance that saw them jump to sev­enth in the league ta­ble and five points clear of last place.

Two tries from Kriss Hughes and Gre­gor Jones added to sin­gle scores from Euan Jones, Chris Bolton, Alec Bean and Gavin Ban­ner­man to help the Lang to their best points tally for the year.

Ste­wart was de­lighted with his play­ers.

He said: “It’s an­other step in the right di­rec­tion . We tar­geted a win but not a bonus point win so it’s more than we could have hoped for.

“We were 5-0 down af­ter a minute but we came back and played well.

“It makes a big dif­fer­ence when you have a full squad.

“They played very, very well. They were con­fi­dent and I was par­tic­u­larly pleased with the way we played.

“When we put into ac­tion what we prac­tice we are a very good side and teams will find us dif­fi­cult to play against.

“It’s about keep­ing that con­sis­tency go­ing.

“I hope it gives them con­fi­dence and it was a great way to fin­ish the year.

“It was the week­end be­fore Christ­mas and it was an away game for Len­zie who only had a squad of 17 to choose from.

“They weren’t poor, they were good enough to take the lead, they were con­fi­dent and the game was quite tight.

“We scored a try in the last play of the first half and over­pow­ered them in the sec­ond.

“In terms of hav­ing 17 play­ers, they had their hands tied a lit­tle bit.

“For 78 min­utes our play was at a very high level.”

Ste­wart praised his half- backs Ban­ner­man and Euan Jones, who were ex­cel­lent through­out the game and de­scribed their play as “out­stand­ing”.

He added: “They ex­ploited the dom­i­nance that the for­ward pack gave

them and did ex­tremely well. I said at the end that our play came from a tough dom­i­nant per­for­mance and we put into ac­tion what we did in prac­tice.”

Cam­bus­lang now have a two-week win­ter break be­fore trav­el­ling to Al­lan Glens on Jan­uary 9, 2016. Rob­bie added: “Be­fore the Len­zie game we said to the play­ers that a good re­sult would give us the op­por­tu­nity to stay mid-ta­ble and means our re­ward is much more pos­i­tive.

“They de­serve to be where they are. It’s just frus­trat­ing we are miss­ing three points when we lost in the last minute against Garnock. Those points would have given us a wee bit more com­fort.

“The aim is to stay up but the op­por­tu­nity is there to move into the top half but we can only do that by be­ing at our best.

“The aim is also to get our first away win of the sea­son. It could be a po­ten­tial turn­ing point against Al­lan Glens. If we won it would be our first two wins in a row and our first away win against an es­tab­lished top half of the ta­ble side.

“We’ve still not won away from home or won two games in a row so we need to get that mon­key off our back.”

Tackle Cam­bus­lang man heads for the try line

Coach Rob­bie Ste­wart

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