Rbs Premier 1 Review: Round Five

This weekend the Bill McLaren Shield changed hands for the third time since its inception. Gala took the silverware from Boroughmuir (42-29) who had managed to defend it at Meggetland for two weekends.

Now the Shield moves to Netherdale where Gala will pursue four home wins in order to get the first engraving on the trophy. If they are able to manage this a very interesting path could be followed, which would conclude with Gala taking on league leaders and current Champions Melrose at Netherdale in the last RBS Premier 1 match before the split, to earn the engraving.

However, Melrose continued their run of wins this weekend beating Heriot’s at Goldenacre, 46-23, making it five out of five in their 2011/12 campaign.

This weekend the Bill McLaren Shield changed hands for the third time since its inception. Gala took the silverware from Boroughmuir (42-29) who had managed to defend it at Meggetland for two weekends.

Now the Shield moves to Netherdale where Gala will pursue four home wins in order to get the first engraving on the trophy. If they are able to manage this a very interesting path could be followed, which would conclude with Gala taking on league leaders and current Champions Melrose at Netherdale in the last RBS Premier 1 match before the split, to earn the engraving.

However, Melrose continued their run of wins this weekend beating Heriot’s at Goldenacre, 46-23, making it five out of five in their 2011/12 campaign.

Gala head coach, George Graham, said: “It’s always good to win silverware. Winning the Shield was an added bonus this week, and is credit to the effort the boys are putting in.

“I’m over the moon that we have got four games from five, but slightly disappointed that we didn’t get the win over Ayr; it should be five from five.

“We didn’t take our chances in that match, but now we are executing more of the opportunities presented to us.”

Dundee returned to form again this weekend with a high scoring victory over Edinburgh Accies at Mayfield (48-20) while Currie continued their new-found form with another 50-plus score, this time against Hawks at Old Anniesland (51-12). 

Elsewhere, Hawick got one step closer to recording their first victory of the season. Having lost their four opening games they managed to hold Stirling County to 19 points apiece at Mansfield Park.

Finally Ayr were the victors in Aberdeen with a modest 16-9 final score.

For all the weekend’s results, forthcoming fixtures and current standings click here