Sizzling Maroons up the tempo as Currie feel heat

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Gala bounced back from their British and Irish Cup woes with a sizzling display against Currie in an RBS Premiership clash on Saturday.

Four first half tries meant Gala had the bonus point in the bag by half time although Currie were hot on their tails with only four points separating the two teams.

Twenty-eight unanswered points in the second half of the game allayed any fears of a shock defeat, however, and underlined Gala’s desire to re-establish themselves at the top of the Premiership table.

Gala made their intent clear from the off with some good attacking play forcing their hosts into giving away penalties.

Following several pick up and drives from five metres out, Opeta Palepoi finally spotted a gap to dive through and touch down to get the scoring under way.

George Horne kept Currie in touch with a penalty goal before Gala were on the scoresheet again. This time Craig Robertson did well to secure a wobbly pass and dot down over the line.

Once again Currie came back. Petre Neacsu securing the ball from a throw to set a driving maul in motion before John Cox forced his way over at the corner flag.

Horne converted to level the scores.

Nerves began to jangle among the Maroon supporters next as pro scrum-half Hart was sent to the sin bin for pushing and Currie went ahead through a Horne penalty. Some neat footwork from Ewan Scott got Gala up and running again.

As Currie made a valiant attempt to make the extra man count, Scott managed to break from half way and use his strength to carry him to and over the line.

Horne put Currie back in the lead with another fine penalty kick just before half-time but Gala hit back immediately and good handling put Grant Somerville in at the corner flag as Currie started to fall off the pace.

Half-time: 16-20.

With the bonus point wrapped up, Gala commenced the second half as if they were starting the match afresh.

Tries followed from Craig Borthwick, Craig Dodds, Craig Robertson with a penalty try also thrown in, while Ewan Scott and Craig Dods converted two apiece.

A flurry of yellow cards sent two Currie players and Gala’s Chris Weir to the sin-bin, but the damage had already been done by a well-drilled Borders team that was only going in one direction.

Gala: A. McLean; G. Somerville, C. Auld, E. Scott, C. Robertson; G. Mein, G. Hart; R. Sutherland, R. Anderson, E. McQuillin, C. Borthwick, O. Palepoi, G. Graham, C. Weir, S. Cairns. Subs: C. Mackintosh, J. Hilterbrand, R. Tod, A. Emond, C. Dods.