Salva Palomares Lloret dives over for his first try for Selkirk

Dashton Wellman takes on Gala’s forwards. [Photos: BEN GREGORY-RING]

Craig MacDougall charges at the Gala defence, supported by Callum Marshall [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN]


SELKIRK’S incredible unbeaten run of almost one year finally ended on Saturday. Despite their best efforts, the Souters couldn’t prevent the 13-32 defeat by a tough Gala side.

Selkirk started off well, with an early penalty from Cameron Gregory-Ring putting them in the lead, but Gala were relentless from then on when after the six minutes, winger Craig Robertson put the ball down in the corner. Stand-off David O’Hagan failed to convert however, making it 3-5 to Gala.

It was an evenly contested match for the rest of the first half though, with both sides struggling to get close to each other’s try-line. Max Gordon came on for Ewan MacDougall just before half time after a slight injury worry. However, just after this, an offside from Selkirk gifted Gala with a penalty, which O’Hagan took, and successfully made it 8-3 right on the half time whistle.

Come the second half, Gala looked more threatening than they did in the first, scoring their second try courtesy of winger Graham Speirs right on the 50 minute mark. Selkirk retaliated though, with new Spaniard Salva Palomares Lloret diving over in the corner to score his first try for the 1st XV, bringing the game even at 8-8.

There was a long break on the hour mark as Cata Graur was tended to by doctors after a blow to his neck. Eventually he was stretchered off, and Australian Damian Byrne came on, getting the game started again.

Gala scored again just after this with second row Callum Rowlandson putting the ball down just left of the posts. O’Hagan got his first conversion of the game, making it 15-8. Gala didn’t stop there, as Alan Emond touched down between the posts, and O’Hagan converted, to increase the gap even further.

With Rory Banks replacing Josh Welsh, he was put into action soon after as Rory was left as the last defender against a Gala counter-attack. However, the Gala winger wasn’t quick enough for Banks as he tap-tackled him into touch, stopping another sure try.

Gala completed their five tries with scrum-half George Graham touching down to make it 32-8. Angus Duckett did touch down after a maul in his first game back for Selkirk, but this proved to be just a consolation try for the Souters, with the referee blowing minutes later to signal full-time, and the end of Selkirk’s unbeaten run.

SELKIRK: J. Welsh, L. MacLennan, C. Gregory-Ring, C. MacDougall, S. Palomares Lloret, D. Wellman, M. Davies, K. Cooney, J. Bett, C. Graur, Y. Hartzenberg, S. McDonald, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, C. Marshall. Replacements: R. Banks, C. McEwan, R. Wilson, D. Byrne, M. Gordon.

GALA: R. Howarth, G. Speirs, R. Jeffrey, A. Emond, C. Robertson, D. O’Hagan, G. Graham, K. Mein, L. Scott, C. Weir, C. Rowlandson, C. Borthwick, C. Keen, M. Carryer, L. Pettie. Replacements: R. Tod, O. Palepoi, J. Irvine, L. Clarke, K. Young.