STE­WART CALLS TIME

Cam­bus coach leaves fol­low­ing rel­e­ga­tion de­feat

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club coach Rob­bie Ste­wart has left the club af­ter they were rel­e­gated from the BT West Divi­sion 1 on Satur­day.

The Cam­bus lost 20-29 to Garnock in what was a must win for Ste­wart’s men if they had any chance of avoid­ing the drop.

Tries from David Bolton, Alec Bean, Kriss Hughes and five points from Euan Jones’ kick­ing was not enough for the Coats Park side that will play in the BT West Divi­sion two next sea­son.

Coach Ste­wart said: “I’ve de­cided that I am mov­ing on from Cam­bus­lang and I told the play­ers and the club about my de­ci­sion af­ter the match on Satur­day.

“I just felt that it was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly frus­trat­ing with hav­ing to pre­pare the team with Cam­bus­lang and it wasn’t do­ing the team or I any good.

“I be­lieve I am leav­ing on good terms with the club and I hope they can mount an­other pro­mo­tion push next sea­son.”

Ste­wart guided Cam­bus­lang to pro­mo­tion in the 2014/15 sea­son af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Oban Lorne with 13 wins in to­tal.

The coach de­scribed the cur­rent sea­son as a “strug­gle” for his team who had man­aged only three wins in 17 matches.

His as­sis­tant coach, Frankie Clark will take charge of the team for the last game of the cam­paign away to Oban Lorne this week­end.

Com­ment­ing on the de­feat to Garnock that sealed Cam­bus­lang’s fate, Ste­wart said: “It was very dis­ap­point­ing but not un­ex­pected.

“We were miss­ing key play­ers and some of them were play­ing through in­juries.

“The game was typ­i­cal of our sea­son, we were close but not close enough.

“We were be­hind 20- 3 and scored a try right be­fore half-time.

Af­ter that we man­aged to get it back to 20-18 but they stretched the lead and we ended up try­ing to throw ev­ery­thing at them just to score in the later stages of the game.

“We did so well to score three tries with­out re­ply but Garnock got back into the game.

“The play­ers put a lot of ef­fort into it as they did in all the match days. I can’t fault their ef­fort or com­mit­ment and they played through the pain bar­rier for the club.

“Ul­ti­mately our most dif­fi­cult op­po­nent was our­selves this year. We couldn’t get a con­sis­tent win­ning run of games and the sea­son was one of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Cam­bus­lang travel to Oban for the sec­ond time in two weeks af­ter the pre­vi­ous match was called off due to an ‘un­playable’ park.

They trail He­lens­burgh by three points hav­ing played two games more.

Exit For­mer Cam­bus boss Rob­bie Ste­wart

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