ON-SONG MAROONS HOLD ALL THE CARDS IN ONE-SIDED CUP ENCOUNTER

Selkirk centre Dave Allan gets his pass away in Saturday’s Borders Cup first round tie against Gala 2nds at Netherdale.

Skipper Robert Cook, lifted by Robbie Reilly and Cata Graur, secures clean line-out possession for Selkirk.

Despite finding himself outnumbered by Gala opponents, Jy Griffin does his best to gain yardage for his team.

Selkirk fly-half Rory Hamilton looks to off-load the ball as team-mate Alan Lambie arrives to lend support. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

GALA 2nds 62, SELKIRK ‘A’ 0

DESPITE making a bright start, which saw Selkirk winger Frazer Anderson come close to scoring in the opening minutes, the gap between these two sides widened as Saturday’s Borders Cup tie wore on.
Gala’s bigger, more physical pack were always going to pose problems for the visitors, and although Selkirk’s players put up stout resistance, the unrelenting pressure exerted by the Maroons ultimately proved too intense to contain.
A break up the left touchline by Gala winger Michael Dodds in the 10th minute saw skipper Robert Cook and team-mate Kerr Gerrard combine to keep the visitors’ try line intact, while some well-judged line kicks by Rory Hamilton helped keep the home team at bay.
In the 36th minute Selkirk suffered a blow when scrum-half Ryan Legge had to rertire to the touchline after sustaining a head knock. Lewis Martin came on as replacement, with Frazer Anderson taking over behind the scrum. Halftime arrived with Gala 17-0 ahead.
Anderson himself had to be replaced soon after the break after picking up an injury, resulting in replacement Willie McClymont being drafted into the back row and Ross Purves switching to scrum-half.
As the visitors understandably began to tire in the face of Gala’s unremitting attacks, tries began to be conceded by the visitors at regular intervals - the home side eventually notching 10 in total to emerge convincing winners.
Try scorers for Gala were Fraser Welsh (3), Gregor Mein (2), Rex Jeffrey (2), Terry Skeet, Andrew Mitchell and Richard Tod. Fly-half Simon Fairburn added six conversions.
Gala 2nds will take on BT Reserve League National 1 leaders Melrose Storm in the next round.
GALA – G. Mein, A. Turner, R. Jeffrey, I. Ross, M. Dodds, S. Fairburn, L. Johnston, T. Skeet, E. Hunter, G. Robertsone, R. Tod, F. Welsh, D. Broatch, F. Hunter, C. Pate.
SELKIRK – G. Ross, F. Anderson, J. Griffin, D. Allan, K. Gerrard, R. Hamilton, R. Legge, R. Reilly, F. Amos, C. Graur, A. Lambie, J. Houston, R. Cook, R. Purves, D. Nichol. Replacements: R. Shiel, L. Martin, J. Stephen, W. McClymont.

Referee – Andy Law (Edinburgh).