Gala 2Nds 55 - 10 Peebles 2Nds

Gala were as the score suggests easy winners of this encounter at Netherdale last weekend.  

 

They were a young, fit,athletic team who all had good running and handling skills which they used to good effect and were not afraid to use these skills from any part of the ground.

 

It didn't help the Peebles cause that they had several players who had been either promoted to the first team or unavailable through injury.   Nor did it help that a couple of players in vital positions just didn't bother to turn up.      Had Eddie Paton (home on leave) not agreed to play prop Peebles may well have been unable to field a team.

 

However, Gala were in control of this game right from the start and were 5 points up in as many minutes.   Right away it looked like a difficult afternoon was in store.   As previously stated they were a team of runners and this ability to run and pass the ball served them well throughout the afternoon.   In the first half Peebles lost Ian Roger from the back row with a shoulder injury and he was replaced by his brother Ally who really put himself about and eager to go forward with the ball in hand.

 

In the scrums David Brown who usually plays in the back row had to play hooker and he played well in that position even although the Peebles scrum was under pressure from a big Gala pack.     The lineouts were not up to the mark either with a different thrower and different jumpers.  

 

It was however all Gala and they turned round at half time 29 - 3 in the lead and it looked like it was going to be a long second half for the visitors.    The Gala scoring continued and they scored another 26 points in the second period which also saw Ross Neilson and Eddie Haldane leaving the field with injuries.

 

Peebles did get a consolation score with Ally Roger finishing off a good forward drive and scoring near to the Gala posts for Martin Thomson to kick the easy conversion.

 

While Peebles were well beaten lets make no mistake this was a good Gala team who will be difficult to beat in the league his year and if we are honest for a neutral supporter they were good to watch.