It was a disappointed atmosphere in the away changing room after the First XV’s recent trip up to St Columba’s School for their Scottish Schools Rugby Plate semi-final. The Academy boys were unfortunate in that they could not overcome their Glaswegian counterparts who managed to hold out for a 17-6 victory.
The seniors found themselves on the back foot within the very opening minutes of the game as a charged-down kick resulted in a scrambled score for the home team.
From there the rest of the game was an uphill battle and despite some pressing attacks and favourable territory, the St Columba’s defence was compact and disciplined, letting little to nothing through their ranks.
Two penalties from Struan Mitchell were all Gala had to show for their efforts, a testament to their opponent’s resilience, but the boys were nevertheless disappointed when the full-time whistle blew.
They can, however, be proud of what was a fantastic cup run that just faltered before the finish-line and reflect on some outstanding victories and impressive team rugby on their run. For some it was their last games in Academy jerseys and they will no doubt leave with fond memories.
But for the boys in the team who are staying on, they will no doubt have one eye on next season when they will have the chance of another crack at this competition with a few new faces in the team. Well done to all the boys on their efforts this year.