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The Junior Wallabies have defeated Italy 44-15 in the Fifth Place Semi Final at the World Rugby U20s Championship overnight in Narbonne.
Australia scored six tries to Italy’s three with the boot of Ryan Lonergan causing more damage on the scoreboard as the young men in gold secured a place in the Fifth Place Final.
Impressively Australia played the majority of the match with 14 men, when Forward Michael Wood was red carded for accidentally making content with the head of an Italian opponent in a ruck in the 20th minute.
The Junior Wallabies stepped up their game having been reduced to 14 men and began their comprehensive take down of their Italian opponents.
Junior Wallabies Captain, Ryan Lonergan said: “It was always going to be a tough game, especially at the set piece, so losing Michael was unfortunate. Credit to the piggies they really stepped it up and allowed us backs to score some tries.
“Our tight five has really been killing it through the whole comp and for them to step it up on such a hot day is a credit to them.
“We knew Italy was going to be tough for the whole 80 but we knew if we stuck to our structure, points will come.
“We’ll review and get ready for Argentina.”
Australia will play Argentina U20s in a Rugby Championship battle on Sunday 17 June at 10.00pm AEST.
The match started in a slow fashion with both sides trading blows, but it was Italy who scored first to take an early lead with two quick tries.
Australia struck back with a Harry Hockings try and penalty to take the score to 8-10 in favour of Italy when the Aussies were reduced to 14 men.
Australia scored a great team try from a lineout with some superb hands from Efi Maafu, Hamish Stewart and Semisi Tupou set up a brilliant try for flyhalf (Stewart), handing the Australians their first lead despite being down a man, 15-10.