Two wins out of three for Academy

Galashiels Academy’s junior rugby teams recorded two wins out of three when they travelled to take on their counterparts from Berwickshire High School.

The first-year team chalked up 10 tries in their match, four of which were scored by centre Douglas Henderson.

The squad showed excellent handling skills and defence to deny a determined Berwickshire side.

However, the Academy’s second-year team went down 19-16 despite a gritty fightback.

Berwickshire were already three tries up when good handling along the back line sent Gala’s Steven Paterson over in the corner.

Powerful running from the forwards then set up two well-taken tries for Nicky Molfino, and one for Kris Weir.

Some good defensive displays from Lawson Marr and Alistair Crooks saw off menacing attacks from the big Berwickshire team, while Struan Mitchell added to Gala’s points with another touchdown and two well-executed conversions.

However, the spirited Gala team left it too late. Special mention was also made to Rory Shephard who put in an excellent effort in both attack and defence for Gala.

Lastly, the third-year team recorded a fine 33-7 victory thanks to five well-worked tries. Winger Nathan McEwan and prop Sean Howitt showed up particularly well and were ever-present in the build-up to all Gala’s scores, while Aidan Turner notched a hat-trick.

Jamie Allan scored a brace, while Berwickshire chalked up a converted try as consolation.