Stirling County 31, Gala 18
There was little to choose between these teams in terms of the season so far before kick off – and not much to separate them once play began.
County just about deserved their win after an improved second-half performance.
It had looked an intriguing fixture between two inconsistent teams and they were evenly matched for long spells. But County’s superior second-half showing made the difference in a game where the lead had changed hands several times.
County’s four-try, bonus-point win came courtesy of touchdowns from Reyner Kennedy, Nemia Kenatale, Alex Taylor and Fraser Lyle, three of them converted by Jonny Hope, who also augmented the score with a penalty, and one goalled by Ross Jones.
Gala’s points came from tries by Opeta Palepoi (main picture) and Rob Louw, with one converted by Gregor Hunter, who also nudged two penalties.
Their coach, Chris Dalgleish, was despondent at the close: “We squandered too many opportunities and were under big pressure in the scrums. We created chances but didn’t take them. This group of players has to learn – quickly – because this was a game we were looking to win.”