World Rugby U20 Championship: Wales 34-17 Italy
|World Rugby U20 Championship: Wales v Italy|
|Wales (24) 34|
|Tries: Conbeer, Davis, Penalty try, Llewellyn Cons: C Evans 3 Pens: C Evans 2|
|Italy (7) 17|
|Tries: D'Onofrio, Taddia, Romano Cons: Rizzi|
Wales finished seventh at the World Rugby U20 Championship as they comfortably saw off Italy in Beziers.
Wing Ryan Conbeer and flanker Dan Davis touched down either side of wing Giovanni D'Onofrio's effort for Italy.
Replacement hooker Niccolo Taddia gave Italy hope before Max Llewellyn raced clear to put the result beyond doubt.
Prop Guido Romano came off the bench to score a late Italy consolation try as Wales ended the tournament on a high.
Wales fly-half Cai Evans kicked 15 points and in the process Geraint Lewis' side earned revenge after losing to Italy at Colwyn Bay in the 2018 Six Nations.
Wales made a total six starting changes from their 39-15 fifth-place semi-final defeat by Argentina.
Evans' opening penalty was followed by Conbeer's try but D'Onofrio responded with a simple move to close the gap.
Wales responded well, extending their lead as Davis powered over and as Welsh pressure prompted two Italian players to be sent to the sin-bin, Lewis' side were awarded a penalty try.
Italy were then briefly down to 12 players as prop Danilo Fischetti was sin-binned for kneeing Wales' Chris Coleman in the back.
That underlined the indiscipline that cost the Azzurri any chance to settle into the second period.
After Taddia went over, Wales restored their lead as Llewellyn touched down before Romano's late effort rewarded Italy's perseverance, but it was too little, too late.
Wales U20: Joe Goodchild (Dragons); Corey Baldwin (Scarlets), Ioan Nicholas (Scarlets, capt), Max Llewellyn (Cardiff Blues), Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets); Cai Evans (Ospreys), Harri Morgan (Ospreys); Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues), Dewi Lake (Ospreys), Chris Coleman (Dragons), Rhys Davies (Bath Rugby) Max Williams (Dragons), Lennon Greggains (Dragons), Dan Davis (Scarlets), Taine Basham (Dragons).
Replacements: Iestyn Harris (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Davies (Scarlets), Rhys Henry (Ospreys), Jack Pope (Bridgend), Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers), Dane Blacker (Cardiff Blues), Ben Thomas (Cardiff Blues), Dewi Cross (Ospreys)
Italy U20: Michelangelo Biondelli; Alessandro Fusco, Matteo Moscardi, Damiano Mazza, Giovanni D'Onofrio; Antonio Rizzi, Nicolo Casilio; Danilo Fischetti, Matteo Luccardi, Michele Mancini Parri, Niccolo Cannone, Edoardo Iachizzi, Lodovico Manni, Michele Lamaro (capt), Antoine Kouassi Koffi
Replacements: Niccolo Taddia, Guido Romano, Matteo Nocera, Matteo Canali, Davide Ruggeri, Luca Crosato, Filippo di Marco, Simone Cornelli