GHA RFC MATCH 47: GHA RFC 32 – 20 GALA RFC
2004/2005: Scottish Premiership One
|R. West||15||J. Berry|
|R. Watson||14||C. Dalgleish|
|A. Bulloch||13||G. Dalgleish|
|J. Naufahu||12||S. Nichol|
|R. McClymont||11||G. Waddell|
|I. Kennedy||10||A. McLean|
|N. MacLeod||9||T. Stuck|
|R. Nolan||1||E. Johnstone|
|C. Di Ciacca||2||P. MacDonald|
|G. Walsh||3||A. Mitchell|
|J. Reid||4||J. Szkudro|
|C. Mason||5||J. Henderson|
|G. Harkness||6||A. Dall|
|A. Boag||7||J. Dalziel|
|L. Hazelton||8||T. Weir|
|D. Jamieson||16||M. McGimpsey|
|I. Nelson||17||G. Bryce|
|McClymont (2), Bulloch, MacLeod, Watson||Try||C. Dalgleish, McLean, Stuck, Szkudro|
|Mr D. Jack (Madras College FP)|
A five-try winning performance from a new, improved GHA squad of players, coupled with an assertion from their head coach David Wilson that better is still to come, should be enough to promote concern among the title contenders in Premiership Division One.
Gala’s defensive play was quite shocking at times, and at least three of GHA’s touchdown’s came without a fancy game plan or tactics, but by simply running straight and breaching the Borderers’ defence without challenge.
The Glasgow side – without new signing John Beattie and three new forwards Wilson revealed are en route from the Southern Hemisphere to Braidholm – took the initiative with tries from wing Rory Watson, Nicky MacLeod and Alan Bulloch. But when GHA took the foot off the pedal in the second half, having led 22-5 at the break, Division One newcomers Gala showed their spirit, and a little less naivety, might have earned them more from their first outing back in the top flight.
Tries from ex-Jed lock John Szkudro, Andy McLean and Tim Stuck gave them hope, but a quick brace from Ross McClymont doused the fire and a late Chris Dalgleish try made little difference to the fact the Maroons were heading back south to contemplate the harsh realities of life at the top end of club rugby.
Source: The Scotsman, Monday 30th August 2004