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Jamie Bhatti to develop at Glasgow after Edinburgh cold shoulder

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Then Glasgow Warriors prop Jamie Bhatti

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Glasgow assistant coach Kenny Murray paid tribute to Jamie Bhatti after he marked his 50th appearance for the club by scoring his second try in as many weeks.

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The loosehead prop’s early touchdown proved decisive as the Warriors ground out a hard-fought 13-9 win over the Lions at Scotstoun on Saturday.

Remarkably, 28-year-old Bhatti – in his second spell with the club after short stints with Edinburgh and Bath – had not scored a try for Glasgow prior to last weekend’s win over Sharks.

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Murray told the Warriors website: “He hadn’t scored a try up until last week, and now he’s got two in two games – he’s doubled up!

“It’s great for him. He’s a very well-liked member of the squad, and to reach 50 appearances is a good milestone for any player to achieve.

“He’s really enjoying being back at Glasgow after he didn’t get a lot of rugby along the M8, and you can see that in his play. I think he’s only going to get better and better.”

Glasgow were 10-3 up on the Lions after 16 minutes and looked set to pull away after making a strong start but the South African side soon gained the initiative and made the hosts, for whom Ross Thompson kicked eight points, work for their victory.

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Murray was pleased that his side restricted their visitors to just three penalties, all kicked by EW Viljoen.

He said: “To not concede a try against as physical a side as the Lions is very pleasing.

“They’re a team who have a lot of threats across the park, so the boys can take real heart from that going into next weekend.”

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