Dalkeith still in top spot

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Gala YM 6, Dalkeith 55

Dalkeith headed for the Borders to face Gala YM on an incredibly dreich league Saturday, with the rain likely to make it a difficult day.

However, the team reached Gala to be informed that the home side could not raise a front row, so Dalkeith had the choice of playing the game with uncontested scrums or postpone the fixture to a later date, the visitors chose to play.

This seemed to have been the right choice, when after a couple of phases the backs threw the ball wide and Thomson shook off some weak home tackles before off-loading to Duke for the opening try in the corner, 0-5 Dalkeith. Straight from the kick off though, Dalkeith gave up a cheap penalty and YM kicked the goal for 3-5.

Gala drove the line, but Dalkeith held and seemed to have cleared, but the referee saw a penalty offence and YM took the kick to make things 6-5.

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