FUKUOKA – With pool matches against South Africa and New Zealand still to come, Italy coach Conor O'Shea was happy just to book a spot at the next World Cup with a comfortable victory over Canada on Thursday.
The Italians dominated Canada in the forwards to run out 48-7 winners at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium on Thursday, moving to the top of Pool B with two bonus-point victories.
They next face the Springboks in Shizuoka on Oct. 4 before finishing the pool phase against the three-times world champion All Blacks in Toyota City on Oct. 12.
Victory against Canada virtually assured them of third spot in the pool and automatic qualification for the next World Cup in France in 2023.
"We've already qualified for the next World Cup, which is huge, it was a goal," O'Shea said, recognising that it was highly unlikely that either themselves, Namibia or Canada would record victories against the two southern hemisphere nations.