No local Premiership wins but no local National League 1 losses / Richie Gray signed up for Scotland

Gala took a step nearer to a relegation play-off match with a home defeat by 19-20 to Champions Heriot’s. Despite tries from Craig Robertson and Euan Dods, it wasn’t enough to win the game, and the Maroons stay in 9th place in the Premiership with one match to go. They must now beat Currie away on February 6th and hope that Stirling lose at Heriot’s without getting a bonus point. There are three points separating the two teams.  Meanwhile a strong Currie side fielding two internationals and a pro player, beat a gallant Hawick 17-15 to all but clinch their play-off spot. Hawick’s tries came from Neil Renwick and Bruce McNeil but they must now win their two remaining games both at home against Ayr and Boroughmuir and hope for results elsewhere going their way if they are to sneak a top four finish. Selkirk lost at home to Boroughmuir 34-12 with Jordan McGowan and Ewan MacDougall getting tries for the Souters.  Watch the tries from Gala and Selkirk’s games here.

In National 1 the top four teams all won, meaning Jedforest stay fourth in the table with a win over Musselburgh 34-10. Kelso managed to draw for the third time this season at Howe of Fife 15-15 while Peebles are off the bottom following their 26-12 win at home to Aberdeen.

Meanwhile Galashiels resident Richie Gray has been signed up as Breakdown coach of Scotland for the RBS 6 Nations campaign. Richie has been working with South Africa’s national side for the last three years, culminating in a World Cup bronze medal – the first medal of any kind won by any Scot since the Rugby World Cup began in 1987. Richie will also be working with the South African 7s team in preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio later this year.