Clubs look to get New Year off to a winning start

Gala Waverley Cup winners they retained the cup. Gala Capt George Graham with cup.
Gala Waverley Cup winners they retained the cup. Gala Capt George Graham with cup.

Bragging rights belonged to Gala last week following their retention of the Waverley Cup, played between themselves and Melrose on Boxing Day.

But this weekend, John Dalziel’s men will be putting that particular disappointment behind them as they get back to Border Cup business against Kelso at Poynder Park.

Melrose currently head the field in the regional competition, the winner going through to join Gala in the National quarter-finals, but with Hawick still breathing down their necks, there will be no room for complacency on Saturday.

Last weekend, Kelso’s big pack caused problems for Selkirk early on in the Border Cup encounter at Poynder Park, when there was no hint of the 40-6 final scoreline.

Poynder Park centre Richard Minto said: “It was pretty terrible from our point of view. At times, we dominated in the scrum in the first half, but then we lost our way and just weren’t putting any phase play into our game.”

Although not a vintage Kelso performance, prop Terry Skeet was outstanding and the side will be hoping that his experience, gained playing in the Scotland team at the Student Rugby League World Cup last year, will help them through what is likely to be a difficult game on Saturday.

Over at Mansfield Park on Saturday, Hawick are also on Regional Cup duty and play host to Peebles.

In last weekend’s Border League Pool B match the Greens beat Jed-Forest 29-17 with a try bonus and captain Keith Davies is looking for his team to keep the momentum going.

“It took the boys a while to get back into the rhythm of things last week, but once they got going it turned good for us. Hopefully we can take that forward into this game,” he said.

Reports on all last week’s rugby action can be found on page 62.