Benetton Treviso vs Edinburgh Rugby, Sat, 29/03/2014 - 19:00

Edinburgh Rugby salvaged a losing bonus-point in the last minute at the Stadio Monigo tonight after a disappointing second-half saw a half-time lead overturned by Treviso (20-16).

A bright start and finish to a sticky first half was enough to allow the boot of full-back Carl bezuidenhout to slot three of four first-half penalty attempts, to a single effort from Italian kicker Tobias Botes.

Despite defending well for most of this match, a pair of lapses a few minutes apart struck a hammer blow for the hosts who held on to a 20-9 lead until the last minute, when Du Preez ran in from around 30 metres to score.

Match report...

A penalty at scrum time following successive Edinburgh turnovers saw the hosts open the scoring, scrum-half Botes knocking over the first penalty of the match (3-0).

A ten-minute spell of Treviso pressure immediately followed but the visitors were resolute in their defensive efforts, broke free of the shackles imposed in their 22 and began to assert some authority.

The Italians were pinged in the ruck and Bezuidenhout took the opportunity to get his team off the mark with a three-pointer (3-3).

Soon after the South African pulled a long-range penalty wide but chances continued to come his way after aggressive running from hooker Ross Ford and number 8 David Denton forced the Italians into another infringment.

Bezuidenhout stroked the penalty through to edge Edinburgh into the lead and it wasn't just with the boot through which the full-back was making an impact, breaking through the defensive line and bolting up field, only for his offload to travel forward.

Disappointingly the improved fortunes of the men in black could have been rewarded with a try moments before the break but Du Preez opted to go it alone instead of exploiting a three-on-two.

However, the play was pulled back for a penalty and Bezuidenhout made no mistake as Edinburgh headed into the break with a six-point advantage.

Half-time: Treviso 3-9 Edinburgh Rugby

Edinburgh hands in a ruck allowed Treviso to get straight back into the match when the two teams returned and Botes made no mistake with the penalty (6-9).

From there the momentum swung to the home side and prop Lorenzo Cittadini wrestled his way to the whitewash under the close attention of centre Andries Strauss.

The TMO was called and, on replay, Strauss had ripped the ball away from Cittadini's grasp at the last second.

Treviso however were undeterred and made the breakthrough through hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini, who raced and stepped in for an impressive score.

It did not take long for them to press home their advantage further, with another try from the front-row, when Italian international Alberto de Marchi burrowed over to make it two in four minutes.

Botes converted and Treviso kept Edinburgh at bay until the clock went red, when Du Preez sealed a third losing bonus point from as many games on the road with his late score.

Full-time: Treviso (3) 20-16 (9) Edinburgh Rugby

Treviso: Luke McLean; Ludovico Nitoglia, Michele Campagnaro, Alberto Sgarbi, Angelo Esposito; James Ambrosini, Tobias Botes; Alberto De Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Antonio Pavanello, Cornelius Van Zyl, Marco Filippucci, Paul Derbyhsire, Robert Barbieri. Substitutes: Muccignat on for De Marchi, Fuser on for Derbyhsire, Bernabò on for Van Zyl, Loamanu on for Filippucci, Semenzato on for Botes, Di Bernardo on for Esposito.

Edinburgh Rugby: Carl Bezuidenhout; Jack Cuthbert, Matt Scott, Andries Strauss, Tom Brown; Harry Leonard, Grayson Hart; Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Izak van der Westhuizen, Cornell Du Preez, Roddy Grant, David Denton. Substitutes: James Hilterbrand on for Ford (71’), Wicus Blaauw on for Dckinson (60’), Ewan McQuillin on for Nel (71’), Ollie Atkins on for van der Westhuizen (23’), Tomas Leonardi on for Grant (71’), Sean Kennedy on for Hart (50’), Sam Beard on for Scott (60’), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne on for Leonard (71’).

Team lineups

Benetton Treviso
Edinburgh Rugby

Backs

15 Luke McLean
14 Ludovico Nitoglia
13 Michele Campagnaro
12 Alberto Sgarbi
11 Angelo Esposito
10 James Ambrosini
9 Tobias Botes

Backs

15
14
13
12
11
10
9

Forwards

1 Alberto De Marchi
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
3 Lorenzo Cittadini
4 Antonio Pavanello CAPTAIN
5 Corniel Van Zyl
6 Manoa Vosawai
7 Marco Filippucci
8 Robert Barbieri

Substitutes

16 Giovanni Maistri
17 Matteo Muccignat
18 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet
19 Marco Fuser
20 Valerio Bernabò
21 Christian Loamanu
22 Fabio Semenzato
23 Alberto Di Bernardo

Substitutes

16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23