AFTER building up a small lead at Anniesland, George Graham’s men had to settle for three points instead of all five.
Hawks were better in the early exchanges and, following tries from James Gormley, Ally Maclay and Finlay Gillies, two converted by Scott Wight, were 19-3 ahead on the half hour. Ewan Scott had slotted an earlier penalty for Gala and added another two going into the last 10 minutes of the half. Hawks prop Steven Findlay saw yellow and Gala made the advantage count with a Ewan McQuillin try, converted by Scott. Half-time: 19–16.
Tries from Andy McLean, converted by Scott, and Opeta Palepoi gave Gala a nine- point cushion. But Ross Miller (try) kept the hosts in touch. Gala added a try through Chris Weir, converted by Scott who also added a penalty, but Hawks responded with tries from Jon Welsh and Haddon McPherson, both converted by Wight.