Ten-try Gala could do better says coach Graham

Gala get their season back on track with a sizzling ten-try performance against Currie''Graham Speirs  heads for the line to score his third try, one of Gala's ten tries in their 60-22 victory over Currie.
Gala get their season back on track with a sizzling ten-try performance against Currie''Graham Speirs heads for the line to score his third try, one of Gala's ten tries in their 60-22 victory over Currie.

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A defensively shaky first half saw Gala coach George Graham greet his team with steam coming out of his ears at the midway stage of this BT Premiership encounter.

But whatever he said must have worked as the Nether-dale outfit tightened things up to run out comfortable winners at the end of a thoroughly entertaining match.

The bonus-point win, added to last week’s double bonus-point defeat, hoisted the Maroons into third position in what is going to be a highly competitive league, but Graham is still looking for more from his men as he looks for his first Championship title in the six years he has been at Netherdale.

“We set the bar pretty high here and pride ourselves on our defence, which was pretty woeful in the first half on Saturday,” he said after the game.

“Needless to say, there were stern words at half-time and things got a bit better, but there is still room for improvement.

“It is hard to criticise after your team has just scored 60 points, but as I said, we set standards that we try and reach in each game and I don’t feel we did that today.”

Gala’s failure to deal with high and, at times, erratic balls allowed Currie to control possession in the opening stages, with only the dead ball line preventing a try on one occasion.

In their first sojourn outside their own half, however, the hosts grabbed a try through Craig Dods following some good exchanges in the back line.

A Euan Dods break allowed Graham Speirs to score minutes later, converted by Ewan Scott, to stretch the lead.

Currie closed the gap with a Joe Reynolds penalty before Scott crossed the line and converted his own try.

Realising they needed to raise their game, Currie took the initiative and missed tackles from the hosts allowed Chris Logan and Ross Weston to touch down, Reynolds converting the first.

Craig Dods secured the bonus point when relieving the Currie winger of the ball close to his own line and diving over, while Speirs ran in again just before the break to make the interval score 29-15.

Further tries from George Graham, Brett Thomson, Speirs and Craig Dods (2), along with one more conversion from Scott and two from Dods, secured a well-earned victory for Gala.

Matt McPhillips cruised in for a try for Currie, which he also converted, to earn the visitors a try bonus point.