Cairns Stars for U21s
Gunners centre Ben Cairns grabbed a brace of tries as Scotland Under 21s put their World Championship campaign back on track in the fierce French heat, firing four tries past Italy to pick up a bonus point and win their second match 26-10.
Playing in 34 degrees, the Scots were quick off the mark when Cameron Johnston scored a try after two minutes, which captain David Blair converted. Five minutes later Cairns followed him over the line to make it 12-0 at the break.
The heat took its toll on the Scots - Blair coming off at half time with heat fatigue - and the Italians came back to within two points, full back Michael Cagnon kicking a penalty goal and Paolo Buso adding a try that replacement Valerio Vicere converted.
With only four minutes to go, Scotland were awarded a penalty try, which was converted by Greig Laidlaw. He again kicked the extra points when Cairns intercepted the ball on the half-way line and ran straight beneath the posts for his second try of the night, which sealed the win and secured the all-important bonus point.
Scotland U21 team manager John Jeffrey said: "We struggled in the searing heat and to build ourselves up again after putting in all that effort against Australia in the last match to win only one bonus point.
"We got two easy tries early on and perhaps lost concentration a bit, but thankfully we pressed hard at the end and got the tries. We didn't play well and it wasn't pretty. But we set out to win with a bonus point and that's exactly what we've done."
Scotland U21 team v Italy - James King, Cameron Johnston, Ben Cairns, Iain Kennedy (Chris Dunlop 60mins), Lee Kibble, David Blair (captain) (Ben Addison 40mins), Greig Laidlaw, Kyle Traynor (Ryan Grant 64mins), Sean Crombie, David Young, James Eddie, Ian Nimmo (Allan Kelly 52mins), Scott Newlands, John Barclay, Ross Rennie.
Tries, Johnston, Cairns (2), penalty try; conversions, Blair, Laidlaw (2).
Scotland's fixtures and results:
Friday 9 June - Australia 18-14 Scotland, Stade Darragon, Vichy
Tuesday 13 June - Italy 10-26 Scotland, Stade Darragon, Vichy
Saturday 17 June - England v Scotland, Stade Emile Pons, Riom, kick-off 6pm
Wed 21 June - semi-final play-offs tbc
Sunday 25 June - finals for overall places tbc