Eighth win on trot lifts Gala up to third place in rugby's National League Divsion 1

Gala racked up their eighth win in a row against the only side to beat them so far this season, Ayr, on Saturday to go up to third place in Tennent’s National League Division 1.

By Darin Hutson
Monday, 6th December 2021, 6:59 pm
Updated Monday, 6th December 2021, 7:00 pm
Angus Dun on the ball for Gala against Ayr (Photo: Bill McBurnie)
Angus Dun on the ball for Gala against Ayr (Photo: Bill McBurnie)

The Galashiels side haven’t lost since going down 37-20 in South Ayrshire back on Saturday, September 11, and are now level on 42 points with second-placed Biggar with a game in hand on their South Lanarkshire near-neighbours, having only played 10 matches.

They’re also just a single point behind table-toppers Heriot’s Blues, the Edinburgh side having picked up 43 points from 12 games.

The hosts’ try-scorers during their 36-5 victory at Netherdale on Saturday were Euan Dods and Angus Dun, both at the double, plus Simon Fairburn, with Craig Dods adding four conversions and a penalty.

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Kelso being beaten by Highland on Saturday (Photo: Owen Cochrane)

Next up for Gala is a trip to sixth-placed Kelso this coming Saturday, with that game kicking off at Poynder Park at 3pm.

Looking ahead to that game, Euan Dods told Borders Rugby TV: “Kelso have done really well and are playing some good stuff. We’re under no illusions about how difficult it will be going there, but we’re on the back of a few good wins and hopefully we can keep that going.”

Kelso lost 32-20 at fifth-placed Highland at the weekend and are now on 37 points from 13 games.

Their try-scorers in Inverness were Bruce McNeil, Angus Roberts and Charlie Marshall, and Dwain Patterson added a penalty and a conversion.

Fourth-placed Melrose’s home game against Boroughmuir was abandoned due to adverse weather conditions.