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Inverness rugby player helps Glasgow win league final in South Africa to become champions

By Will Clark

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Jamie Dobie.
Jamie Dobie.

JAMIE Dobie helped Glasgow win the United Rugby Championship final with a sensational 21-16 win over Bulls in South Africa.

The 23-year-old scrum half from Inverness came on as a replacement in the second half to help Glasgow claim the title at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

It is the second time Glasgow have won the league championship, but the first time since the competition became the United Rugby Championship with the inclusion of teams from South Africa.

The Bulls stormed into a 13-0 lead in the first half with Marco Van Staden scoring a try and Johan Goosen kicking eight points with the boot.

But Glasgow reduced the deficit to six points at half time with a Scott Cummings try and George Horne kicking the conversion to make it 13-7 at the break.

Bulls extended their lead to 16-7 in the second half with another penalty from Goosen.

But Glasgow stormed back with George Turner getting Glasgow’s second try, converted by Horne to reduce the deficit to two points.

Dobie then replaced Sebastian Cancillere on the hour mark to play the final 20 minutes of the match.

Glasgow went in front with a try from Huw Jones with Horne’s third conversion to make it 21-16. Glasgow held on for victory to give them the United Rugby Championship title.

Dobie, who played as a youth at Highland Rugby Club in Inverness, signed his first professional contract with Glasgow Warriors in the 2019/20 season.

Having previously been invited to train alongside the senior squad, the scrum-half was called into the Scotland squad for the first time in February 2021 as part of the side’s preparations to face France in Paris.

The scrum-half then went on to make his Scotland debut in October 2021, coming off the bench against Tonga at Murrayfield as currently has two international caps.

Dobie has also been included in the Scotland squad for their tour of the Americas when they will play Canada, United States, Chile and Uruguay.

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