Post-match comments prove a bitter pill to swallow

Gavin Craig leads the Selkirk team from the field

Gavin Craig leads the Selkirk team from the field

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COMMENTS made by Gala coach George Graham on the web-based Borders Rugby TV have left a bitter taste in the aftermath of what was essentially a cracking Border League match, writes Fiona Scott.

Graham was disappointed in his team’s performance in the game which saw Selkirk take a 17-14 lead in the second half before the Premiership challengers clawed the game back for a 28-17 victory.

And speaking to Stuart Cameron’s BRTV afterwards, he said: “I am bitterly disappointed, especially after racking up a big score against Stirling County last week.

“No disrespect to Selkirk, but they really shouldn’t be on the same park as us and we should have put them away early on.”

Selkirk RFC’s rugby board have since put out the following statement, but have declined to comment on the matter further: “Selkirk Rugby Football Club would like to put on record its disappointment with Gala coach George Graham’s post-match comments after last Friday’s highly competitive Booker Border League match.

“His comments were not only disrespectful to the Selkirk club and to the players who took part in Friday’s game, but were also disrespectful to the Booker Border League – the oldest club league in the world – and to the long tradition of matches between these two proud Border clubs.”

Rugby journalist Cameron has since been in touch with Graham and told The Wee Paper: “George was mortified that people had been offended by his comments and was genuinely surprised that people had taken it the wrong way.

“He apologises to anyone who misconstrued what he meant.”

Unlike his opposite number, Selkirk coach Brian Cassidy concentrated on the positives to come out of the game.

He said: “I told the boys not to leave an ounce of energy out on the pitch when they came back to the dressing room, and they did just that.

“I’m proud of the way they competed, and wish Gala all the best for the rest of their Border League campaign.”

A penalty try which gave Gala the lead on 12 minutes, converted by Lee Millar, who kicked all four conversions.

Selkirk equalised when Harkness burst through the defence to touch down. Mike McVie converted then added a penalty to give his side the lead at half-time.

Craig Keddie put Gala in front with a try before Ryan Crockatt surged over between the posts, McVie again converting. Gala scored again through Grant Somerville, before a penalty try sealed it in injury time.

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