Young Scots get ready for the Italian job

22/01/14 CHALLENGE MATCH'SCOTLAND CLUB XV V SCOTLAND U20 (24-36)'NERTHDALE'Scotland u20S' Head Coach Sean Lineen
22/01/14 CHALLENGE MATCH'SCOTLAND CLUB XV V SCOTLAND U20 (24-36)'NERTHDALE'Scotland u20S' Head Coach Sean Lineen

Well, a big thank you to everyone who came along to Netherdale to watch us in our first home game of the Under-20 Six Nations Championship a fortnight ago – that was some result against Wales.

It was fantastic to have the crowd get right behind the players and be the 16th man. It contributed hugely towards our comeback and victory.

These are the memories that the players can store away – winning in the blue jersey is something to be treasured.

But, as in any tournament, it is all about the next match and how we physically and mentally prepare.

Tomorrow night (7.30pm), we play Italy as we look to secure our second home win of the championship.

They are bound to be highly motivated and will have targeted this game.

We will have to be at our best, keep our focus and continue to improve.

This is a big test and we must continue to build and move forward.

The Italians will also visit Galashiels in the hunt for their first win, which will add a little extra flavour to the match. Training has been pretty fierce this week and there will be no let-up heading into this game.

I would also like to say good luck to the junior sections of Duns and Gala, who will play in the second semi-final of the minis’ Bill McLaren Shield competition at half-time.

We hope that the crowd tomorrow night will be as vibrant and loud as it was against Wales, and that the drama and excitement of that game will bring a new audience down to Netherdale.