Cambus now in a dogfight
Drop zone looms after toiling defeat
Cambuslang Rugby Club coach Robbie Stewart this week insisted that the two games they have remaining this season are “must wins”.
Following a 16-27 defeat to Newton Stewart on Saturday, the Cambus will travel to Oban Lorne this weekend in search of points that could be vital in their escape from the relegation trap door.
The Coats Park side currently sit third from bottom above Helensburgh and Garnock who have games in hand and will need maximum points to give them a chance of survival in BT West Division One.
Tries from Alec Bean, Stuart Neil and Chris Bold were not enough as they lost out to promotion chasing Newton Stewart but Cambus boss Stewart is now solely focussed on Saturday’s crunch match with Oban.
He said: “It was very disappointing from the point of view that we weren’t fit enough to execute our game plan.
“In the first 20 minutes we drew 3-3 and for the first 20 minutes of the second half we actually won 13-0 but in the second twenty minutes of each half we dropped off and that is were we lost all our points.
“We knew it was going to be a hard game. We knew Newton Stewart played with a really high work rate and we needed to match that and unfortunately only did that for some periods of the game which wasn’t good enough.
“We have reached a must win game stage so we play Oban in another tough away game on Saturday and the first aim is to get a competitive side to go up there.
“Since I’ve been here in the last two years we’ve had three away fixtures at Oban and we’ve not been able to field a team in two of them so that’s the first challenge for the boys.
“We need to get a fit and competitive squad that’s prepared to travel.
“Oban are very similar to Newton Stewart. They play with a strong set of forwards and rely on their set pieces.
“They are a very physical team who will coast driving runs and use a heavy scrum.
“When we go up there we need to do everything we can to come away with a win and keep us in it going into the last game against Garnock.”
Two teams from the division are expected to be relegated but it is depending on the amount of teams that are relegated from the league above.
Newton Stewart played with a really high work rate and we needed to match that
Turf war Cambuslang RFC battle against Newton Stewart