Clegg the hero as Warriors win

Date published: December 31 2016

A late Rory Clegg try sealed a hard-fought 35-28 victory for Glasgow Warriors over Treviso at Stadio Monigo on Saturday.

The bonus-point win saw Warriors move into the top four on the PRO12 standings.

Three first half tries from Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour and Adam Ashe allowed Nick Grigg to add the bonus point score, before Clegg scored the winner.

Two tries from Dean Budd added to Luca Sperandio’s early score for Treviso, but a poor performance from the tee saw Tommaso Allan miss a number of opportunities.

A quick start to the game saw Treviso’s Sperandio open the scoring in the first minute when he picked up a loose ball 10 metres from the line to register an unconverted try. However, the Warriors found their reply four minutes later when Hogg collected a grubber kick from his opposite number to race home from 60 metres out, despite the best efforts of Angelo Esposito, before converting his own score.

Glasgow extended their lead moments later when Peter Murchie broke free of the Italians’ defence, before the ball found its way to Seymour to carry over, allowing Hogg to convert again.

Treviso kicker Allan missed a simple penalty from in front of the posts, which was shortly followed by flanker Ashe powering his way over for Glasgow’s third converted try of the afternoon.

The hosts hit back just after the half hour mark when a calamity of errors saw New Zealand-born Budd pounce on a misplaced pass under the posts, which Murchie had failed to collect. Allan’s conversion, succeeded by a penalty on the brink of half time, reduced the deficit to six points at the break.

Another three-pointer for Treviso brought them to within a score, only for Glasgow centre Grigg to secure a try-scoring bonus point minutes later when he powered his way through a number of attempted tackles to score. Hogg converted out wide to maintain his 100 per-cent record.

Replacement fly-half Ian McKinley slotted his first penalty on the hour mark, bringing his side back to within the realms of a losing bonus point. McKinley was then able to bring the scores level at 28 apiece from the tee when Budd added a second try to his name, following a quickly taken penalty.

A minute later, Glasgow’s Clegg rescued the win when try-scorer Seymour broke free down the left wing, finding the replacement fly-half inside him to reach over the whitewash. Hogg’s resulting conversion added the final score of the game, as Treviso settled for a losing bonus point.

The scorers:

For Treviso:
Tries: Sperandio, Budd 2
Cons: Allan, McKinley
Pens: Allan 2, McKinley

For Glasgow:
Tries: Hogg, Seymour, Ashe, Grigg, Clegg
Cons: Hogg 5

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Marco Barbini, 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Robert Barbieri, 5 Dean Budd, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Matteo Zanusso, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Alberto De Marchi
Replacements: 16 Roberto Santamaria, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Teofilo Paulo, 20 Marco Lazzaroni, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Tommaso Iannone

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Junior Bulumakau, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Stuart Hogg, 9 Henry Pyrgos (c), 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Adam Ashe, 5 Brian Alainu’uese, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 D’arcy Rae, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Rob Harley, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Nemia Kenatale, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Sean Lamont

Referee: Ben Whitehouse
Assistant Referees: Sean Brickell, Claudio Blessano
TMO: Jon Mason