Cam­bus now in a dog­fight

Drop zone looms af­ter toil­ing de­feat

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

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

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