Gala look for crowd aid for Bristol return

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BATTERED Gala will try to put last week’s loss to Bristol behind them this Saturday, when the professional outfit come to Netherdale for the return fixture, writes Kevin Janiak.

However, as Bristol had a midweek game against Aberavon on Tuesday evening, it’s fairly certain that they will not be sending up the same squad of players that outclassed the Maroons last week.

Gala coach George Graham, who has been known to slate his side after bonus-point victories, was nevertheless praising them this week.

He told The Southern: “I’m incredibly proud of my players with the way they played at Bristol, a team that can boast no less than 48 professional rugby players.

“We had a mixed bag available to us on the day, to say the least, but they never gave up for the whole 90 minutes.

“It’s the last British & Irish Cup tie before Christmas – and I expect there will be many home supporters there shouting us on.

“I always use Gala lads when I can, but we will be bolstered by professional players from Edinburgh and Glasgow.”

Also there was good news as Euan Scott, who picked up what seemed a bad rib injury during Saturday’s match, could be back in contention.

Also on Saturday, fans of Border derbies will be delighted with two tasty treats in the RBS Border Cup.

Hawick, whose match with Hawick YM was postponed last weekend, take on Kelso. RBS Premier outfit, the Greens will start as heavy favourites against the Tweedsiders, who sit in the middle of the National League.

And it’s a similar situation 12 miles up the A7 as National side Selkirk host high-flying Premier Division men Melrose. But as any Borders rugby fan knows, there ain’t nothing like a derby and don’t expect both games to go by the book.