Late Dods’ try puts Gala in the clear

Gary Graham for Gala against Boroughmuir with the ball.
Gary Graham for Gala against Boroughmuir with the ball.

Gala 32 Boroughmuir 6

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A late try from Ewan Dods sealed a bonus point victory for George Graham’s men on Saturday, and, a place on their own at the top of the Premiership.

The game had long periods when stagnation set in. The first 20 minutes verged on the tedious, with two penalty goals to Greg Cannie and one to Gala’s Ruairi Howarth the only moments of interest.

But when Ewan Dods, a non-stop performer, released George Graham for the first try, converted by Howarth, the

game livened up.

Brother Gary Graham battled his way over the second try, Howarth again on song and kicking another penalty for an interval lead of 20-6.

Alan Emond stepped inside the defence for the next try, Howarth converting, but then a run of injuries took the momentum out of the game.

It took two penalty kicks to the corner to set up the final lineout and Ewan Dods was never going to miss the chance of a try far out, a vital score but only just in time.

More analysis and comment on this match in Thursday’s Southern Reporter.