Gala study the options

Ruairi Howarth (picture by Alwyn Johnston)
Ruairi Howarth (picture by Alwyn Johnston)

Gala RFC hope the deferred arrival of student Ruairi Howarth will give a further boost to their 2016-17 campaign.

Coach Chris Dalgleish was reflecting positively on an improved second-half performance on Saturday against Glasgow Hawks, in which they outscored the Anniesland visitors by three tries to one.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to save the Netherdale hosts in their BT Premiership first-round clash, as “basic errors” in the first period cost them heavily.

Hawks soared into a 38-8 interval lead, having been “gifted” four tries, in Dalgeleish’s opinion, and eventually won 43-27.

The coach was nevertheless impressed by the character shown in the second half by Gala and felt there were ecouraging signs for this weekend’s game against Currie.

“I thought the two second half subs, Gregor Mein and Ross Coombe, made a difference, and Dean Brooker looks like he’s settling in,” said Dalgleish.

Gala will have to wait a little longer to secure the services of Howarth, however, who was unavailable for the Hawks’ game effectively because of extended study leave.

He has enrolled at Northumbria University and is contractually required to play for the north east students.

“But most of their games are midweek, so we should have Ruairi available for us soon.” revealed Dalgleish.