BT Cup Loss
Gala score five tries on the road, but still lose
After a delayed kick-off due to the Gala bus breaking down on the way through to Glasgow, it was all Hawks for the first 10 minutes, but with no scoring until Gala managed to break up the wing and into the Hawks 22 following a good break from Lott supported by Speirs and well finished by Combe. Mein converted for 0-7 after 11 minutes.
Hawks then started to make pressure pay over the next quarter hour with first a Schulte penalty, followed by a Schulte conversion to a Spinks try after a series of 5m scrums and penalties. Next up Stewart after penalty, lineout and maul. Schulte converted 17-7.
Reynolds on for Skeet
Half hour in and a mix up by Hawks in their in-goal area following a Gala kick ahead lets Lott touch down unconverted for 17-12
From the re-start Gala knock-on in their 22, and playing advantage, Hawks waltz through for an unconverted try by Schulte 22-12
Tine for one more try before half time, with Stewart getting his second after a Gala mistake at a defensive 5m lineout. Schulte’s conversion for 29-12 and Half Time.
Second Half belonged predominantly to the Hawks.
Three minutes in and Hawks tighthead Strain gets his first try, converted by Schulte, quickly followed by replacement hooker Fenton, unconverted. 45 played and 41-12
52 minutes and Skeet back on for Reynolds
Gala still trying though and Spiers crosses for an unconverted try 41-17
55 minutes and Fairburn, Robertson and Emond on for Lott, Combe and Hendry
Hawks Peter Steele shown Yellow on 57 minutes, but to little advantage for the Maroons
59 minutes and Spiers off injured to be replaced by Hendry
65 minutes for second to Strain, converted Schulte 48-17
67 minutes and Hunter and Adams replaced by Irvine and Watson, quickly followed by try from Tofilau and conversion Mein 48-24
Sean Johnstone replaced by Ritchie Tod, then Chris Keen off injured with Reynolds back on to cover.
Game really opening up and Louw breaks through on half way and races all the way for a lung-busting try, unconverted. 48-29
Last word to Hawks however with the final unconverted try to Miller, and this seasons Cup run ends for Gala at Old Anniesland
Full Time 53-29
Gala (1 to 22)
Chris Keen, Dean Brooker, Terry Skeet, Sean Johnstone; Rob Louw, Gary Adams, Fraser Hunter, Stevie Cairns, George Lott, Gregor Mein, Dwayne Burrows, Paul Hendry, Sasa Tofilau, Ross Combe, Graham Speirs ©, Curtis Reynolds, Ritchie Tod, John Watson, Robbie Irvine, Simon Fairburn, Alan Emond, Craig Robertson
Glasgow Hawks (1 to 22)
Stephen Findlay, Grant Stewart, Gary Strain, Greg Peterson, Andrew Kirkland, Stephen Leckey, Matt Smith, Tommy Spinks ©, Adam Lowry, Hagan Schulte, Kerr Gossman, Davie Milne, Paddy Kelly, Brendan McGroarty, Jack Steele, Cammy Fenton, Chris Barnes, Tijuee Uainivi, Ross Miller, Robbie Houliston, Scott Rodgers, Peter Steele
Referee: Finlay Brown
ARs: John Shaw, Brian McGuff
Try: Combe, Lott, Speirs, Tofilau, Louw
Conversion: Mein (2)
Try: Spinks, Stewart (2), Schulte, Strain (2), Fenton, Miller
Conversion: Schulte (5)
Glasgow Hawks: P Steele
The fact that seven of eight tries scored by Glasgow Hawks in this comfortable but not completely convincing victory came from the forwards (with five scored by front-rowers and the other two through No.8 pick-ups) tells the story of this match.
A disappointing season for Gala ended on a flat note, but they deserve credit for showing plenty of fighting spirit – especially when scoring three tries in the second half, long after the game was lost. The last of these touchdowns was a peach of a solo effort by second-row Rob Louw, who romped home from 40 yards, showing replacement wing Pete Steele a devilish dummy on the way.
Hawks were in command from the start, but conceded the first score when Gala scrum-half George Lott and full-back Graham Spiers worked the blindside to send Ross Combe over.
A Hagen Schulte penalty followed by tries by Tommy Spink and Grant Stewart put the hosts in the driving seat, but they then conceded a really soft score when Brendan McGroarty was caught napping as he shepherded a bouncing ball over his own try-line and Lott pounced for the score.
Gala returned that favour with interest added by first gifting Schulte an interception try, and then over-throwing a line-out for Stewart to scamper over for his second just before half-time.
Tighthead prop Gary Strain rumbled over twice in the second half, replacement hooker Cammy Fenton
got one and Ross Miller finished off the scoring for the hosts.
In between all that, Spiers and Edinburgh pro Sasa Tofilau showed their eye for a gap when crossing for Gala, and Louw’s long-range effort was almost certainly the moment of the match.