Heriot’s 18-18 Gala

Galashiels RFC coach George Graham at Netherdale.
Galashiels RFC coach George Graham at Netherdale.



Gala produced a gutsy performance at Goldenacre last Saturday to halt a run of five defeats on the bounce.

But, while praising the effort of his players, coach George Graham still viewed it as a missed opportunity.

“I’m quite happy, but I certainly think it’s two points lost,” he said.

“I think we were the better team on the day.”

Gala took the game to their opponents in the opening 15 minutes. Craig Dods booted a penalty and a conversion, while Graeme Speirs and Frankie Robson had a try apiece as the Borderers dominated proceedings.

Heriot’s looked sluggish but eventually rallied, with skipper Jack Turley leading by example as he dotted down for the first of his side’s tries.

Graham Wilson converted then exchanged penalties with Dods to leave the Borderers 18-10 ahead at half-time.

Wilson clawed back three points with another penalty and the title holders snatched a share of the points when Struan Cessford applied the final touch after a powerful surge by the Heriot’s forwards.

Both sides had opportunities to take the win, but Heriot’s coach Phil Smith acknowledged that the performance of his men had barely merited that.