Gala 22 - 29 Stirling County
Fourteen-man County raise game
Gala (1 to 15): Chris Keen, Matt Carryer, Dean Brooker, Chris Weir, Rob Louw, Gary Adams, Fraser Hunter, Stevie Cairns, Connor Adams, Gregor Hunter, Graham Speirs ©, Lewis Berg, Sasa Tofilau, Ross Combe, R Scholes
Subs: Curtis Reynolds, Opeta Palepoi, Alan Emond, George Lott, Rex Jeffrey
Stirling County: Mark Hunter, Reyner Kennedy, Adam Nicol, Hamilton Burr, Adam Sinclair, Alex Taylor, Lewis Wynne, Ruairidh Leishman, Matt Donaldson, Ross Jones, Danny Gilmour, Craig Pringle, Nick Grigg, Shaun MacDonald, Jonny Hope ©
Subs: Matt Emmison, Adam Wood, Langi Haupeakui, Logan Bonner, Nemia Kenatale
Referee: Ross Mabon
3: Penalty Gregor Hunter 3-0
28: Try Gary Adams, converted Gregor Hunter 10-0
31: Penalty missed SC10 Ross Jones 10-0
35: Try SC9 Matt Donaldson, conversion missed SC10 10-5
Half Time 10-5
Opeta Palepoi on for Chris Weir
47: Try SC18 Langi Haupeakui, converted SC15 Jonny Hope 10-12
53: Try SC2 Reyner Kennedy, converted SC15 Jonny Hope 10-19
54: George Lott on for Connor Adams, Curtis Reynolds on for Dean Brooker
61: Chris Keen stretchered off (up and about later on) – Red card to SC18 Langi Haupeakui for the tackle – Dean Brooker back on for Keen
70: Try George Lott, converted Gregor Hunter17-19
75: Try SC4 Hamilton Burr, converted SC15 Jonny Hope 17-26
76: Rex Jeffrey on for Lewis Berg; Alan Emond on for Fraser Hunter
79: missed penalty SC15 Jonny Hope 17-26
84: Chris Weir on for Opeta Palepoi
85: Try Ross Combe, conversion missed Gregor Hunter 22-26
87: Penalty SC15 Jonny Hope 22-29
Full Time 22-29
Gala: Tries: G Adams, Lott, Combe; Cons: G Hunter (2); Penalty: G Hunter
Stirling County: Tries: Donaldson, Haupeakui, Kennedy, Burr; Cons: Hope (3); Penalty: Hope
Yellow cards: None
Red cards: SC18 Haupeakui
Other Gala Rugby results:
Gala A 34 Hamilton 2XV 28
Gala YM 20 Leith 34
Guest match report “The Scotsman”
ATHOLL INNES @ Netherdale
With both teams desperate for points to avoid a relegation battle, it was a tense battle at Netherdale in a game marred by a red card to Glasgow Warriors’ Langi Haupeakui for a hefty challenge on Chris Keen.
But despite the loss of a player, Stirling raised their game to take full points with a bonus and Gala had to be content with a losing bonus point.
Gala made an aggressive start as Sasa Tofilau broke the Stirling defence, Rob Louw was up in support, and when the visitors were caught offside, Gregor Hunter kicked a penalty.
Both sides missed opportunities. Matt Donaldson failed to hold a pass near the Gala line and Rory Scholes could not take the ball after a break by Graham Speirs.
Gala remained a dominant force as Hunter was stopped short, but when the ball was shipped wide, Stirling broke downfield with an interception.
The visitors started to threaten for the first time although the home defence was helped when Danny Gilmour dropped the ball with a player free on his left.
They paid price on the half-hour as a break from Scholes was halted before Gary Adams found himself to score under the posts and Hunter converted.
Stirling passed up another chance when Jonny Hope pulled a penalty wide. However, they were not to be denied. Reyner Kennedy won a strike against the head, the pack drove forward, and Matt Donaldson picked up and darted over the line. Hope missed the conversion
Both sides battled hard to give nothing away and Gala held on to their 10-5 lead at the interval. That proved to be short-lived as Haupeakui drove over on the restart and Hope converted.
Stirling continued to command the game and it was no surprise when Adam Sinclair scored and Hope converted to give his side a 19-10 lead.
There was further drama when Haupeakui was red carded and Keen was stretchered off the field to be replaced by Dean Brooker and the game was held up for around 10 minutes. From restart, George Lott, who had replaced Connor Adams, dived over and Hunter converted.
Despite being a man down, Stirling’s Hamilton Burr burst through two weak two tackles to pick up the bonus point and Hope converted
Ross Combe touched down to close the gap only for Hope to kick a penalty at the other end.
Alternate view from “The Offsideline Blog”