FRESH START FOR GHA, WHO GIVE SNEAK PEAK OF POTENTIAL FOR SEASON AHEAD

GHA RFC MATCH 47: GHA RFC 32 – 20 GALA RFC

2004/2005: Scottish Premiership One

GHA RFC 

 GALA RFC

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
18 C. Lawson
19
McClymont (2), Bulloch, MacLeod, Watson Try C. Dalgleish, McLean, Stuck, Szkudro
Kennedy (2) Con
Kennedy Pen
DG
Referee
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

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