Play-off hopefuls plough on in mud



With both teams keen to land a play-off place at the end of the season this match at a soft and slippery Malleny Park was surprisingly fast and competitive.

Inevitably, considering the dreich conditions, errors crept into play and it was the hosts who maintained a steely confidence to produced a three-try win.

During the first few minutes Gala’s defensive mettle was severely tested as waves of Currie attacks were halted inside the visitors 22. Some precision kicking cleared the danger and eventually Gala got going with a string of classy looking attacks which culminated with a missed kick on goal.

Currie continued to attack at every opportunity however and were rewarded when agile hooker Kevin Bryce jinked his way through to score a try that James Semple converted.

Gala regrouped and for the next few minutes had Currie on the rack as they tried to find gaps. Once again though patience paid off for the hosts with some good handling from the backs resulting in another seven points for the Bryce/Semple combination. Half time score: Currie 14 Gala 0.

Currie were not about to rest on their laurels, Gala had put 60 odd points past them earlier in the season, and continued their fast and furious onslaught after the restart, Ross Weston being the try scorer on this occasion with Semple adding the conversion. Mistakes and some crunching Currie tackles limited Gala’s possession and territory but mid-way through the half the visitors changed tact and began to try and run the ball from deep inside their own half. Centres Alan Emond and Gavin Young attacked the gaps and off-loaded at speed with good results.

Twice the industrious Gala back line raced through from deep, with both Young and Russell Anderson being on the receiving end of well-timed passes to touch down. The tries were not converted but they did produce an exciting finale to the match.

The remaining minutes of the game seemed an eternity as the visitors pressed strongly, looking for at least a losing bonus point score but it was not to be as they were eventually beaten by the clock.