THE gulf between amateur and pro rugby was highlighted on Sunday when Gala crumbled to a side aiming for promotion to the English Premiership.
The match itself was over as a contest by half-time with opponents Leeds Carnegie leading 40-8, Gala having conceded six tries.
Playing into a stiff breeze, the Maroons had the lead after 90 seconds when Gregor Mein slotted a penalty, but that was one of very few bright moments for Gala in an otherwise dreadful day. Another being a brief period of pressure on the 20-minute mark which resulted in a try for Mein.
With the opposition bigger, faster and stronger in almost every aspect, however, any hopes of a fightback were futile. Under the direction of Ian McGeechan, Leeds rattled in another spate of tries to post the biggest score against a Gala side in history.
The Maroons’ previous worst defeat was 77-29 against Heriot’s in 1999.