Italy bounced back from their defeat to Ireland with a convincing 46-0 win over USA.
James Tedesco starred as he scored two tries against Brian McDermott’s inexperienced Americans.
Italy will still need a miracle to qualify with only a victory over Fiji by 48 points or more enough to see them progress.
An eight-try display made it a comfortable evening for the Azzurri, who were 28-0 up at half-time following tries through Tedesco, Joseph Tramontana (2), Mason Cerruto and Ryan Ghietti.
Tedesco got his second just after half-time and further tries from former Hull Kingston Rovers winger Josh Mantellato and Paul Vaughan sealed the win.
Italy: Cerruto, Centrone, Castellaro, Milone, Mantellato, Tedesco, Ghietti, Vaughan, Tramontana, Alvaro, Walker, Minichiello, Brown. Subs: Riethmuller, Santin, Wakeman, Calegari.
A full report will be in Monday’s League Express.
Tramontana (2), Tedesco (2), Mantellato, Ghietti, Vaughan, Cerruto
Goals: Mantellato 7/8