Italy backed up their historic win over England in the Six Nations with a thrilling 38-31 success over the same side in the Under-20 Six Nations Summer Series in Treviso.
Where that victory in February was based on a watertight defence, it ended 6-0, this was a free-flowing affair with six tries in the opening half-hour.
England got the first try through scrum-half Tom Carr-Smith, but a penalty try immediately afterwards allowed Italy to hit the front, with visiting fly-half Jed Walsh sent to the sin-bin for an intentional knock-on.
Despite being down to 14, England crossed twice in quick succession, through Ollie Fletcher and then flier Iwan Stephens. But it was Italy who finished the half the stronger, as Tommaso Scramoncin, Ross Vintcent and Filippo Lazzarin all went over before the break.
That 29-19 advantage was soon extended to 16 thanks to a penalty from Nicolo Teneggi and a drop goal from Lorenzo Pani. But when the latter was sent to the sin-bin for a high tackle, England cut the deficit with a try from Emeka Ilione.
Italy missed two chances to extend their lead from the boot, and Tom Lockett’s try cut the lead to just four points. But the Azzurrini had the final say with a Gonzalo Sante penalty to seal a famous and deserved win.