AFTER what he felt was a disappointing performance from his team in their Border League clash against Selkirk last week Gala coach George Graham has made a couple of changes in his starting line-up ahead of their crucial league match with Melrose on Saturday, writes Fiona Scott.
Craig Keddie retains the no 6 jersey after following a couple of good displays, and a few tries, along the way while Alan Emond has forced his way back into the side with a couple of strong second half performances.
Captain Opeta Palepoi is also back to steer the ship against what is sure to be a very determined Melrose side, desperate to get back to winning ways in the league.
Graham commented: “Every time Gala face Melrose there is always a sense of anticipation.
“Over the last few seasons there has been nothing separating them. Although the media seem to be writing off Melrose’s chances of retaining the league title anybody who has any knowledge of rugby will know that you don’t win back to back titles without having the spirit and the determination to come back fighting.
“The challenge for Gala is to be able to play at the level and intensity that they have shown plenty of times this season and if we do I’m sure we can come back with the points and go top of the premiership.”
Gala team to play Melrose at the Greenyards on Saturday (1.30pm): A. McLean; G. Sommerville, C. Auld, A. Emond, C. Robertson; L. Millar, George Graham; L. Pettie, R. Anderson, E. McQuillin, C. Weir, O. Palepoi, C. Keddie, G. Graham, E. Dods. Subs: C. Mackintosh, K. Mein, S. Cairns, B. Turner, G. Young.