Greens have edge on Maroons in friendly

Gala vs Hawick RFC in a friendly at Netherdale.
Gala vs Hawick RFC in a friendly at Netherdale.

Gala 26

Hawick 33

This was a good exercise for both sides – it showed Hawick coaches the tenacious side of their players, and it gave Gala a good way to get a lackadaisical second half out of their system without any real damage.

Luke Pettie opened the scoring for the Maroons under a pile of bodies, with David O’Hagan adding the extras.

Hawick’s new South African signing Wiaan Girebenow grabbed a try, which was converted by Neil Renwick to tie.

But Gala pulled away with another Pettie touchdown, converted by O’Hagan, who missed the afters following a try from George Graham.

This left the Netherdale side 19-7 up at half-time and looking fairly comfortable.

And when Graham went over for his second score, converted by O’Hagan, there looked no way back for the Greens.

However, no-one told Hawick this and a stunning period saw tries coming from John Coutts, Shawn Muir, Lee Armstrong and Rory Hutton, three of them converted by Renwick, saw the Teries take an unlikely victory.

If anything, it was a warning from the Green Machine to their Premiership opponents for the coming season.

And for Gala – so often the nearly men in recent years – it was a reminder that they have to perform for the entire 80 minutes in every game if they want to get anything out of the season.