Scotland under-20s Head Coach John Dalziel believes recovery is now the key before the team play their fourth match at the World Rugby Championship in Georgia.

On Thursday the young Scots defeated Italy 17-16 to back up their victory over Ireland earlier in the week.

And the result in Kutaisi means that they finish second in Pool B and will await further results before finding out who they play next.

Whatever happens they will next be in action in Tblisi on Tuesday.

“After three matches the guys are pretty tired, but they have really battled through and although we made it hard for ourselves in this one Italy are a good team who always make you work,” Dalziel said.

“Overall I am delighted to get two wins from the pool stage and at times we have shown what we can do both in attack and defence.

“There is lots of work to do before the next game plus we will be travelling to Tblisi, but recovery now is key and the next few days are crucial.”

In the Italy match Scotland took the lead in the sixth minute when winger Robbie Nairn showed pace and power to get over the line.

That made it 5-0, but by the 11th minute Italy were 11-6 up. In this end-to-end start back-row Luke Crosbie added Scotland’s second try four minutes later and the conversion from Connor Eastgate made it 12-7.

Italy added a penalty and it was 12-10 with all to play for in the second half.

With 22 minutes to play Scotland knew they had a job on after two  further Italy penalties put them 16-12 up.

This Scotland team has character though and in the 65th minute back-row Tom Dodd scored the winning try.

Luke Crosbie is pictured scoring against Italy

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