Gala 'A' 57, Selkirk Stormers 5

Stormers show mettle with greatly improved display against league frontrunners

DON'T SAY BROWN, SAY HOVIS! Gala's experienced breakaway Gareth 'Hovis' Brown runs at the Stormers' defence in Saturday's league game at Netherdale. Willie McClymont is the Selkirk player applying the brakes, with Sean Nixon ready to lend a hand. (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)

THE Stormers gave one of their best displays of the season in Saturday's Border Farm Supplies Championship fixture against unbeaten defending champions Gala at Netherdale.

The visitors put the Maroons under a lot of pressure in the opening exchanges, but just couldn't turn pressure into points. With the wind behind them, the home team scored five unanswered tries. Selkirk had two chances to kick penalties, but missed on both occasions. Half-time score: Gala 31, Selkirk 0.

With the elements now at their backs, Selkirk put the home pack under a lot of pressure, and after camping on the Gala try line for 20 minutes, eventually came away with their only try of the afternoon, scored by hooker Peter Forrest. The conversion attempt by John Graham went wide.

Gala went on to notch another four tries, making the final score Gala 57, Selkirk 5.

Credit goes to the whole Selkirk team for the effort they put into the game, and the scoreline shows just how much the Selkirk players have improved since their 93-6 defeat at the hands of the same opponents earlier in the season.

STORMERS - C. Ward, B. Hunter, J. Graham, R. Henderson, M. Dogan, C. Shand, M, Robertson, C. Henderson. P Forrest, B. Reid, C. Fairbairn, G. Jeffery, S. McDonald, W. McClymont, S. Nixon. Replacements: M. Lemmon, C. Wildig.