A BOYHOOD dream came true for Milngavie rugby star Robert Harley when he scored the winning try on his debut game for Scotland.
The national side beat Samoa 17-16 – with Harley making the vital try in the dying minutes of the game.
The former West of Scotland FC player was part of the squad which toured the southern hemisphere as part of the summer series.
The unbeaten squad also travelled to Australia, beating them 9-6, and Fiji, where they won 37-25.
However it was the 22-year-old’s last minute dash to the line on Saturday – allowing Greig Laidlaw to convert the try for the two extra crucial points – that will be remembered forever by Harley.
The former Douglas Academy pupil said his try was “just like a dream”.
Harley, who now plays professionally as a flanker for Glasgow Warriors, added: “This is something I’ve dreamed about doing as a boy.
“I always felt we were going to make the breakthrough.”
Gordon Cairns, the vice-president at West – where Harley started his rugby career when he was seven – said: “He is very much a West boy.
“He started when he was a P3 pupil in our mini-section and worked his way up to playing in our first XV team before going to Glasgow Warriors which he captained for a short time.
“Although we have had other players go to be international players, Robert is the only one who has come up all the way through the ranks of our training programme.
“Robert’s success at the Warriors brought him to the attention of the Scotland manager Andy Robinson and he has been part of the reserve squad for a number of Scotland games.
“He finally got his chance on the substitute’s bench for the game against Samoa and earned his first cap during the second half.
“In a dramatic finish deep into injury time, with Scotland trailing by six points, Robert grabbed his chance and dived over for the try just beside the posts.”
Scotland coach Robinson said: “It was great to see Rob Harley go through on his debut.
“I’m pleased for the players because they were three games in pretty tough conditions.
“For them to stand up the way they have, a real team spirit’s re-ignited.
“There’s a confidence about what they have done do.”
ACTION MAN . . . Robert Harley when he played for West of Scotland.