Dream all but over

Coach Seery knows his side are all but out of ti­tle race

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus coach says their pro­mo­tion bid is gone

A gut­ted Jamie Seery be­lieves Cam­bus­lang RFC’s chances of pro­mo­tion are all but over af­ter fall­ing at the penul­ti­mate hur­dle.

The Cam­bus coach pre­pared his squad for Satur­day’s game at home to Ste­wartry – in what was dubbed a ti­tle de­cider – for a topof-the-table clash in the BT West Divi­sion 2. The Coats Park side could not have had a bet­ter start as they led 17-13 go­ing into the break. But a dis­as­trous sec­ond 40 min­utes saw the ral­ly­ing Dum­fries and Gal­loway play­ers battle back to take the game 23-17 and go top by one point with one game left to play. And due to only one team from the West re­gion com­ing down from the Na­tional Divi­sion 1, Cam­bus­lang will re­main in their league un­less Ste­wartry fail to beat bot­tom side Cum­ber­nauld in their fi­nal match on Fe­bru­ary 18.

Seery said: “I’m gut­ted. We were ex­pect­ing to win and we were feel­ing con­fi­dent.

“We played pretty well in the first half and had a try dis­al­lowed which ap­par­ently should have stood. Then at half-time we were lead­ing 17-13 and in the sec­ond we just didn’t play to our style of play.

“They are more of a backs sort of team and we are more of a for­wards-style side. We got sucked into their style of play and ended up giv­ing the ball to our backs who couldn’t get through their line who de­fended very well.

“They scored most of their tries through their for­wards and got them from be­ing close to our try line. We were strong in the scrum and in the line-out but we left it to our backs to score for us.”

Out­side cen­tre In­dio Har­land scored a try, a penalty and two con­ver­sions while Greg Mor­ri­son put Cam­bus in the driv­ing seat with an­other try in the first half. How­ever, their ef­forts proved to be the home side’s only scores of the day as Ste­wartry claimed an­other 10 points af­ter the interval to edge the vic­tory.

They are likely to be crowned cham­pi­ons if they win at Cum­ber­nauld, who have only won once all sea­son, in three weeks’ time.

Cam­bus­lang’s only hope of steal­ing the cham­pi­onship is if they score as many points as pos­si­ble at Mill­brae on Satur­day in the hope their ri­vals slip up on the fi­nal day.

But the Cam­bus boss, who is in his first sea­son as coach of the Coats Park out­fit af­ter tak­ing over from Rob­bie Ste­wart, has vowed to stay on even if the team are still in the same league next sea­son.

He said: “I spoke to com­mit­tee mem­bers and I told them I planned to stay on and keep the team to­gether. David Bolton, who has played for the club for a long time is re­tir­ing but I think all the boys are likely to stay on.”

Turn to page 56 for more rugby re­ac­tion

Ti­tle blow Max Crum­lish and David Bolton lie dev­as­tated on the Coats Park turf af­ter the de­feat

Gut­ted Cam­bus coach Jamie Seery

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