Brave PSA battle to defeat

Gala Wanderers 62

Hawick PSA 10

The Hawick lads fought hard and continued to show improvement in their final game of the Borders Semi-Junior League season.

PSA were first to score after five minutes when Keiron Murphy kicked a penalty.

The game then took the usual pattern for PSA with lots of endeavour but as soon as Gala got to within five metres of the try-line they would score.

Positives for Hawick were the lineout which went well, the scrum was strong, and the whole 15 players battled hard. Gala were more ruthless, though, scoring from almost every opportunity to take a 45-3 half-time lead.

The second period continued in a similar vein, the hosts troubling the scoreboard early on with another score.

Then came the highlight of the match for the young Teries. Bryan Hall making a tackle on the halfway line, turning over the ball, before releasing John Frew who ran in from 40 metres for an excellent touchdown. Gala then got back in on the scoring act with a further two tries.

This was real end-of-season stuff, but once again the improvement in PSA was there for all to see. The lineout is now secure, the scrum holds its own and there are far fewer soft tries leaked.

The Burnfoot side’s stand-out players were John Frew, who was excellent in defence and attack; Liam Wood, who gets better every week at scrum-half; and Macaulay Parker is improving at hooker.