Falkirk 19

Gala 85

RAMPANT Gala made it three from three on Saturday with an impressive display at Horne Park.

The Maroons marauded around the Falkirk ground with authority during the entire 80 minutes.

And they were rewarded with a try bonus point after just 24 minutes.

Fraser Hunter, Lachlan Johnson, Cameron Pate and Dean Keddie all touched down as Falkirk struggled to cope with the pace and power of the Netherdale side.

Keddie had made it 26-0 with three conversions from four.

Falkirk did get onto the scoresheet through McPherson but normal service soon resumed.

Scott Wilkinson darted over for a fifth Gala try following Graham Speirs' break to take Gala's total up to 33 points.

In a ridiculously open game, Falkirk responded again with McNab punching a hole in the Gala defence to score.

But again, almost immediately, the visitors played their way up the field for Speirs to touch down.

Gala turned round at the interval with a 40 points to 14 advantage.

John Turnbull and Craig Russell added further tries as the dominance continued in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

McCulloch barged his way over for Falkirk a few minutes later to narrow the deficit to 19-52.

But the home team's fitness and resolve was tested in the closing 20 minutes as Gala threw the ball about.

Speirs sprinted across the whitewash for his second try.

And just four minutes later Russell added a second to his personal tally after some free-flowing rugby by the Maroons.

Simon Fairburn came off the bench to add another score with a further successful Keddie conversion stretching the lead to 73-19.

Robbie Irvine finished off another fine move with four minutes to go.

And in the closing seconds Speirs secured his hat-trick as gaps appeared in the Falkirk line.

Gala: Chris Keen, Jack Chambers, Terry Logan, Cameron Pate, Blair Reavely, Chris Weir, Scott Wilkinson, Stephen Cairns: Lachlan Johnson, Dean Keddie, Craig Russell, Rex Jeffrey, John Turnbull, Fraser Hunter & Graham Speirs. Subs. Martin Christie, Lewis Roden, Robbie Irvine, Iain Ross & Simon Fairburn