Bonus-point win for Glasgow

Date published: April 2 2016

Glasgow Warriors continued their climb up the PRO12 standings after they beat Treviso 38-16 with a bonus-point at Stadio Monigo on Saturday.

The reigning champions trailed by two points at the break, but hit four tries without reply against their Italian hosts, who remain bottom of the table.

The bonus point win moves Glasgow up three places into the play-off places, while Treviso's fourth straight defeat sees them remain rock bottom and without a win against Scottish opposition in over two years.

For Glasgow, the win marked successive away victories in the league for the first time since October.

Glasgow dominated much of the first half, and led for the majority of the opening 40 minutes, but a spirited turnaround from the league's bottom side before the break ensured the Italian team went into half-time with a narrow advantage.

An early converted Jonny Gray try started proceedings as expected, and while Treviso hit back through a couple of Jayden Hayward penalties, the gap was opened up once more when Peter Horne touched down from short range for the visitors. The conversion was Glasgow's final score of the first half, and Treviso hit back strongly in the final five minutes before the break.

Angelo Esposito's try was converted by Hayward following a clever attacking move. Hayward then reached double figures with a penalty on the stroke of half-time, making for a shock 16-14 scoreline at the break.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first, with Glasgow taking the lead early on. This time, former Treviso back row Simone Favaro crossed the whitewash with Finn Russell adding the extras for the third time to keep up his 100 percent conversion rate.

Midway through the half, Stuart Hogg broke free on the right following patient passing in the centre, before evading a couple of challenges and dotting down. Russell's effort this time hit the woodwork, but the gap between the sides was in double figures for the first time on the day.

Following a lengthy absence owing to the home team's Sila Puafisi, Glasgow put the game out of their opponent's reach, Grayson Hart sneaking down the blindside from a scrum close to the touchline, with the TMO allowing the try, although Russell did not get the same luck with his resultant kick.

Glasgow scored their sixth try of the afternoon via James Malcolm, who made his way through a crowd of bodies before Russell returned to successful kicking duties to round off a successful afternoon for the Scottish side.

The scorers:

For Treviso:
Tries: Esposito
Con: Hayward
Pen: Hayward 3

For Glasgow:
Tries: Gray, Horne, Favaro, Rae, Hart, Malcolm
Con: Russell 4

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Sam Christie, 11 Angelo Esposito, 10 James Ambrosini, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni (c), 6 Marco Lazzaroni, 5 Marco Fuser, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Filippo Filippetto, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Alberto De Marchi
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Matteo Zanusso, 18 Rupert Harden, 19 Dean Budd, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Andrea De Marchi, 22 Alberto Lucchese, 23 Luke McLean

Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Josh Strauss, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 D'arcy Rae, 19 Leone Nakarawa, 20 Tyrone Holmes, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Glenn Bryce, 23 Lee Jones

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU, 21st competition game)
Assistant Referees: Claudio Blessano, Gregorio Piran (both FIR)
TMO: Stefano Penne (FIR)