Gala looking to crack some nuts at Goldenacre

GALA are looking to bounce back from their defeat at Llanelli and get their Premiership bid back up and running when they take on Heriot’s at Goldenacre this weekend, writes Fiona Scott.

And coach George Graham admits that the hardest thing about picking his squad was having to drop two players from the bench for no reason other than only being allowed five replacements in the Scottish campaign. Thankfully there were no injuries after last weeks bruising encounter during which the Maroons came back from being 24 points down after eight minutes.

“The boys showed a lot of character and spirit to stop what was looking to be a bit of a one sided affair,” said Graham.

“We managed to get within one score of beating them but unfortunately Llanelli showed good determination to keep us at bay and deny us a losing bonus point. None the less a lot of experience was gained from the game and we hope to continue with the form we showed before the B&I cup started.

Looking ahead Graham added: “This week we have a very tough game against, I think, one of the inform teams of the premiership although they have had up and down results.

“I think they will be tough nuts to crack at Goldenacre as Currie found out, so we will have to bring all the experience we’ve gathered over the last couple of weeks if we are to get the result we desire.”

Gala team to play Heriot’s at Goldenacre (3pm): A. McLean; G. Somerville, C. Auld, B. Turner, C. Robertson; L. Millar, George Graham; L. Pettie, R. Anderson, E. McQuillin, C. Weir, O. Palepoi, Gary Graham, C. Mein, E. Dods. Subs: C. MacKintosh, S. Cairns, C. Keddie, G. Young, J. King.