Connacht smash Treviso

Date published: December 3 2016

Connacht scored seven tries in their 47-8 rout of Treviso at The Sportsground on Saturday.

Two first-half tries from Tom McCartney set the rout going, Danie Poolman and Dennis Buckley also added tries to secure a bonus-point before half-time. Three further tries were scored by the hosts in the second half as Treviso put up very little opposition. 

John Cooney, Quinn Roux and Jack Carty were the men on the scoresheet. Vittorio Flammini added a consolation try for the visitors in the closing stages. 

Treviso took an early lead when, four minutes in, Ian McKinley scored a penalty. Connacht hit back with a try in the twelfth minute, a line-out was won by the hosts before the ball found its way to McCartney, who crossed the whitewash. Cooney added the two points to make the score 7-3. 

After 14 minutes, Cian Kelleher was sent to the sin-bin for taking out a player in the air after going for a high-ball. Treviso remain bottom of the PRO12 table while Connacht remain ninth despite back-to-back wins. 

The hosts scored their second try after 25 minutes, Poolman receiving a wonderful pass from Nepia Fox-Matamua before stealing in and scoring. Cooney converted successfully once more to make the score 14-3. To make matters worse, Simone Ferrari was shown a yellow for the Italians after 29 minutes meaning they'd see out the first-half with just 14 men. 

Connacht took made the most of the man advantage, firstly through McCartney who scored his second try of the match after a long sequence of phases. Cooney converted once more to make the score 21-3. 

Denis Buckley scored the bonus-point try after 37 minutes after great hands from the Connacht backs worked the ball to the prop, who crossed the whitewash. Cooney made it four from four to take the half-time score an emphatic 28-3. 

Cooney added a try to his personal account after 49 minutes after a well worked move off the back of a line out. He touched down under the posts to set up Marnitz Boschoff with an easy conversion chance, he took it to stretch his side's advantage to 32 points. 

Try number six was scored by Roux, the lock touching down after a strong driving maul from the 2016 Champions. The conversion was missed to leave the score at 40-3. 

In the 66th minute, the Italian side bagged a consolation try through Flammini, Ian McKinley missed the conversion. Flammini was then sent to the sin-bin in the 72nd minute. Jack Carty completed the rout with a try under the posts in the 73rd minute.

The scorers:

For Connacht:
Tries:
McCartney 2, Poolman, Buckley, Cooney, Heffernan, Carty
Cons: Cooney 4, Boshoff, Carty
Yellow Card: Kelleher

For Treviso:
Try: 
Flammini
Pen: McKinley
Yellow Cards: Ferrari, Flammini

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O'Halloran, 14 Cian Kelleher, 13 Bundee Aki, 12 Stacey Ili, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 John Cooney, 8 John Muldoon (c), 7 Jake Heenan, 6 Nepia Fox-Matamua, 5 James Cannon, 4 Quinn Roux, 3 Conor Carey, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Buckley
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 JP Cooney, 18 Dominic Robertson-McCoy, 19 Sean O'Brien, 20 Eoin McKeon, 21 Caolin Blade, 22 Jack Carty, 23 Rory Parata

Treviso: 15 David Odiete, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Michael Tagicakibau, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (c), 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Ian McKinley, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Marco Barbini, 7 Roberto Santamaria, 6 Abraham Steyn, 5 Marco Fuser, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Alberto De Marchi
Replacements: 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Matteo Zanusso, 19 Nicola Quaglio, 20 Vittorio Flammini, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Andrea Pratichetti

Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Gareth Newman (Wales), John Carvill (Ireland

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