Gala Academy advance to Scottish Schools Plate final

Gala vs Madras at Netherdale, Galashiels. Gala 5 Madras 0.
Gala vs Madras at Netherdale, Galashiels. Gala 5 Madras 0.

Galashiels Academy 5 Madras College 0


ALAN LORIMER reports from Netherdale

Galashiels Academy booked their place in the final of the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools under 18 Plate this afternoon, after achieving a narrow win over Madras College at Netherdale on Tuesday and will now face the winners of Saturday’s second semi final between Kelvinside Academy and

Marr College at Balgray.

In wet conditions and on a heavy pitch, Galashiels Academy made defence count against a Madras side that enjoyed greater territorial advantage and greater possession from the line-out and which played with ambition behind the scrum.

“I thought we defended fantastically,” said Academy coach Lewis Bertram. “They kept the ball very well. I don’t think the conditions suited us. We’re a running side.”

The only score of the game came in the first half when number 8 Josh Irvine took a quick tap penalty before being driven over for an unconverted try.

Thereafter, apart from a break by their stand-off Ruari Howarth that threatened to create a second try, Galashiels were forced to defend doggedly, with some heroic tackles by first-time

starter Mark Amos, Scotland under 18 squad prop Gary Robertson and centre Daniel Nicholson that ensured Madras were unable to turn pressure into points.

Galashiels Academy become the second Borders side to reach a Plate final, Jedburgh Grammar School having already booked their place in the last two of the under 16 competition.

Galashiels Academy: M. Amos, C. Hunter, D. Nicholson, K. Young, C. Nicholson, R Howarth, G Hamilton; G. Yeomens, D. Moir, G. Robertson, E. Pflug, L. Pringle, L. Scott, H. Brown, J. Irvine. Subs: B. Purves, P. Glenfield, J. Brown, L. Johnstone, K. Millar, K. Shillinglaw, C. Hancock.