Cambuslang RFC 22 – Annan 12

Important win for Cambuslang last night as they battled to a 22-12 victory against Annan.

Coach Jamie Seery commented after the game “An outstanding effort tonight in defence. We were missing a few key players with our back 3 all flankers which have been the story of the season at points. However, the lads stood up and battled to stay in West 1 next season. Hopefully, this result now means that will be the case, which is something the lads can build on for next season.”

He continued “while we technically still have one game to be played I would like to thank the players for their effort this season, also our sports therapist Kat Clark for keeping our small squad playing. Plus our supporters especially those who travel hours to away games to support the players.”

Cambuslang’s last game is against Oban with the game still to be scheduled.

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Annan RFC 42 vs Cambuslang RFC 10

Cambuslang Rugby Club head coach Jamie Seery is confident his side can avenge their weekend defeat to Annan in their rematch tonight. A depleted Coats Park outfit lost 42-10 to their Dumfriesshire opponents, knowing a win would all but secure their safety from relegation. The Cambus failed to score in the first half but came out of the traps quickly after the half-time interval. Chad McGlame and Louis Senter managed to bag a try each in the opening exchanges of the second 40 minutes. However, costly errors were once again Cambuslang’s downfall as they fell to their 15th loss of the season and coach Seery told the Reformer: “I’m disappointed with the result. We were hoping to get as much as five points which would have made a big difference in terms of whether we were staying up or not. “We created plenty of opportunities but made silly mistakes and lost momentum. It was pretty tough. We came out in the second half and scored two quick tries but they ended up running away with it in the end. “We didn’t have a full squad, we only had 16 players. So you were asking players to play a full 80 minutes when they are not used to that. And Annan are a decent side. We need to pick ourselves up and focus on Wednesday.”

Cambuslang are due to play Annan tonight but await the news of their unscheduled meeting with Oban Lorne. According to Seery, the deadline for fixtures in the BT West League Division 1 are to be played by May 20, putting their clash with relegation-threatened Oban in doubt. But the Cambuslang coach is aware a win against Annan this evening will render their final match meaningless for his men. He explained: “We are meant to play Annan on Wednesday and Oban on the Saturday but nothing has been confirmed and it needs to be played before the cut off date on May 20 which creates an issue, “But our focus is just on the Annan game, if we get the win and Oban lose their next game that guarantees we stay up. We should have a strong squad back for this game. We know if we win, that game with Oban will not affect us at all.”

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Cambuslang RFC 76 vs Helensburgh RFC 26

Cambuslang Rugby Club head coach Jamie Seery reckons they are one point from safety. The Cambus thrashed struggling Helensburgh 76-26 on Saturday to take them 12 points clear of the drop zone. And even with the disappointment of conceding so many, he hailed his side’s improvement since the 76-0 humiliation to Garnock. He said: “We were delighted to come away with five points which could obviously be vital. We played some good rugby. We’re disappointed to concede the tries but the guys played well. It was pleasing to come back from the loss in the previous game. We were missing a few and basically had a full team of forwards so the result was expected. So to bounce back and get a similar result in our favour was good.” 

Seery hopes to tighten up the defence and for a repeat offensive performance in this weekend’s vital clash. “We’ve not played Annan yet but we’ll be going down there with a strong side and we know a win could keep us up. We’ll need to make sure we’re up for the challenge.”