Gala cemented their place at the top of the Booker Border League on Saturday with a fairly simple victory over Jed-Forest, who had five development players in their line-up.
It was a fairly cagey start as the wet ball was not conducive to passing rugby, but it didn’t stop either team from trying.
The Maroons eventually got on the scoreboard moving in the 18th minute – an 8m line-out catch and drive giving Luke Pettie the touchdown, converted by Ewan Scott.
Six minutes later and George Graham took a quick ball from a scrum for the second try, after Gregor Law was yellow-carded for not retreating. The third came in the 35th minute, a good break by Euan Dods finished off by Stephen Cairns. The conversions for both these scores were missed, leaving a 17-0 half-time score.
After the break, Gala piled forward, but were held up. The ensuing scrum saw them drive to the line for Dods to score.
Sheer scrummaging power got them a penalty try soon after. Craig Dods converted this and Euan Dods’ second score in the 58th minute.
Further tries came from Josh Irvine, David O’Hagan and Craig Dods, with the latter converting all three.
It could have been more, but in Jed’s defence, they never stopped battling.
And there were several promising performances from the Royal Blues’ new signings, notably No.8 Methwew Meek and ex-Selkirk centre Fraser Harkness.
One worry for the Riverside men – other than the score – was the early loss of Michael Weekley who took a hard hit and had to leave the field due to a feared concussion.