Edinburgh Rugby vs Benetton Treviso, Fri, 05/10/2012 - 19:30

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Michael Bradley was left “shattered and disappointed” after his side’s 22-27 defeat to Treviso at Murrayfield this evening.

"Ultimately we are masters of our own destiny.

"If we had approached our opportunities in the second half with more composure, we could have won the game", said the coach

"We’ve got a very big game next week and it’s now become even more important because of tonight’s result.”

The match started brightly, with several passages of play inside the visitors’ 22 eventually leading to a penalty.

Captain Greig Laidlaw put his attempt wide of the uprights, but was given the chance to make amends shortly after.

The Edinburgh skipper made no mistake with the three-pointer, to give the home fans some early points to cheer after just five minutes. (3-0)

The hosts were soon under sustained pressure and, after two penalties at the scrum, with the visitors camped on the Edinburgh try-line, prop Willem Nel was handed a questionable yellow card after he forced his opposite man up and out of the front-row.

The visitors made the most of their numerical advantage and were awarded a penalty try on the half-hour.

Di Bernardo added the conversion before the home side replied with a superb five-pointer of their own shortly after.

Strong work from the returning David Denton freed try-machine Tim Visser, who broke down the touchline, beating a number of defenders to score his eighth try of the season with Laidlaw converting (10-7).

In a match dominated by the referee’s whistle, the visitors were handed another chance for points, which Di Bernardo duly added. (10-10)

Disaster struck for Bradley’s side on the stroke of half-time, as a loose pass was snatched by number eight Robert Barbieri, who barged his way over despite Matt Scott’s best efforts to keep him out.

Di Bernardo added the extras to give the Italians a seven-point advantage at half-time. (10-17)

HALF-TIME: Edinburgh Rugby 10-17 Benetton Treviso

The second period began in similar fashion, with the visitors quickly adding to their points tally; Di Bernardo with another penalty just a minute after the resumption to extend the Italian team’s lead to a worrying 10 points (10-20).

The visitors remained camped in the Edinburgh half, and eventually found their way over the line again after a charge-down just shy of the Edinburgh posts allowed Barbieri his second of the evening.

Di Bernardo added the extras to extend the Treviso lead just before the hour (10-27).

Almost immediately, though, there was a score at the other end after a searing break from Lee Jones allowed the Scotland winger to evade the covering defence to score (15-27).

There was then a period of intense pressure on the Treviso line, which included a yellow card for prop Lorenzo Cittadini, but the Italian line held firm as Bradley’s charges chased the try they craved.

The try finally came with less than two minutes left, after extended pressure led to a gap in the Treviso defence, which was exploited by Dougie Fife.

When skipper Laidlaw made no mistake with the conversion, and it was all to play for with 90 seconds left on the clock.

The hosts patiently worked their way up from deep in their 22 from a long re-start before the ball found Visser.

The flying winger's late break had the Murrayfield crowd on their feet, hoping his chip ahead would land favourably for the Scotland inernationalist, however, it was not to be, as Treviso collected and touched down for the win.

Edinburgh Rugby: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Ben Atiga, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 9 Chris Leck; 1 Allan Jacobsen, 2 Ross Ford, 3 Willem Nel, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 5 Sean Cox, 6 David Denton, 7 Roddy Grant, 8 Dimitri Basilaia
Substitutes: 16 Andy Titterrell (on for Ford, 72’), 17 John Yapp (on for Jacobsen, 50’), 18 Lewis Niven, 19 Ross Rennie (on for Grant, 58’), 20 Netani Talei (on for Denton, 58’), 21 Richie Rees (on for Leck, 50’), 22 John Houston, 23 Dougie Fife (on for Tonks, 40’)

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Tommaso Iannone, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Tobias Botes, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 Fabio Semenzato; 1 Michele Rizzo, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 4 Antonio Pavanello (captain), 5 Francesco Minto, 6 Simone Favaro,  Alessandro Zanni, 8 Robert Barbieri.
: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Alberto De Marchi (on for Rizzo, 48’), 18 Pedro Di Santo (on for Cittadini, 74’), 19 Valerio Bernabo, 20 Dean Budd, 21 Marco Fillippuci (on for Favaro, 74’), 22 Kristopher Burton, 23 Guilio Toniolatti

RaboDirect PRO12: Robert Barbieri (Treviso)
Attendance: 4079

Team lineups

Edinburgh Rugby
Benetton Treviso