FORMER Moray rugby ace Lee Millar kicked Gala to victory over pro side London Scottish in the British & Irish Cup on Saturday.
In one of the biggest matches of his career, Millar (21) landed a penalty, three conversions and a crucial drop goal to score 12 points in Gala’s 27-23 success.
The ex-Elgin High pupil, who came through the youth ranks at Moray Rugby Club, has been a big hit with the Borders club since moving south to begin a BASE rugby course in Galashiels.
He has starred at stand-off, centre and full back for his club since breaking into the first team.
Saturday’s match was the first time Gala have played in the British and Irish Cup, and they were drawn into a group with London Scottish, Llanelli and Moseley.
London Scottish are seen in some circles as Scotland’s third professional side, and have former Scotland stand-off Phil Godsman in their ranks.
But it was amateurs Gala who got to grips with the contest against the exiled Scots, and Millar kicked a penalty and converted a Grant Somerville try inside the first quarter to give them a 10-0 advantage.
London Scottish turned the match around with two converted tries and two penalties to move into a 20-10 lead and set themselves up for their expected win.
The lead changed hands once more when Millar converted two tries by Opeta Palepoi and Craig Robertson to make it 24-20.
Another London Scottish penalty cut the home lead to just a point before Millar rewarded a spell of Gala pressure with a drop goal.
The Borders men held on under pressure for a victory which owed much to the accuracy of Millar’s deadly boot.