Bragging rights go to Gala as they win back the Waverley Cup
Saturday, December 26th, 2015
In dreadful wet conditions Gala edged past Melrose at the Greenyards to recapture the Waverley Cup with a 17-10 win in front of a very healthy crowd which totally packed the main stand, with many souls braving the elements on the far banking. Melrose got off to a fine start with a Neil Irvine-Hess try converted by Joe Helps on three minutes. David O’Hagan kicked Gala ahead at the break with three penalty goals before Jason Baggot slotted a clever drop goal for Melrose to regain the lead by a point. O’Hagan thumped over a fourth penalty from long range to put the Maroons back in the driving seat, before a Euan Dods try wrapped the game up as the match finished in near darkness despite a 2pm kick off. Watch highlights here.
Former Gala player Roddy Grant announced his retirement from rugby following a series of injuries. The flanker, who has played for Scotland A, Scotland 7s, Border Reivers and Edinburgh, never quite managed a full cap, and remains one of the unluckiest players never to get a cap; many would argue this was a huge injustice for a man who has been one of the most exciting players in Scottish Rugby.