Edinburgh put Treviso to the sword

Date published: March 7 2015

Edinburgh consolidated their mid-table position after claiming a 29-8 away victory against Treviso on Saturday.

Four tries from the visitors secured them a deserved bonus point to go with their triumph.

The game took a while to get into a flow, with the only pieces of interest early on a couple of injuries to Treviso men, James Ambrosini forced off before returning soon after.

19 minutes in though it was Edinburgh who took the lead with a try that is tough to credit just one man for. Hamish Watson and David Denton were both involved, whilst captain Mike Coman would also look to claim it. They were at the heart of a maul from the visitors that blew away the Italian side, and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne added the extras to put Edinburgh into a seven point lead.

Just a minute later Treviso were again left scratching their heads when Matt Scott went over the line for the second try in just over a minute, taking full advantage of winning the ball from the restart as they blew away the hosts and silenced the Stadio Monigo crowd.

Hidalgo-Clyne had his second kick at the posts following the try, again making no mistake to put Edinburgh into a commanding position with just 20 minutes gone.

Six minutes before the break the Italian side grabbed their first points after a sustained spell of pressure resulted in a penalty, Jayden Hayward putting his side on the scoreboard.

They struggled to build on that breakthrough though, and went into the break 14 points behind after Edinburgh kicked three more points through.

Hayward had the chance to reduce the deficit further after the break when presented with another penalty, but he couldn't take the opportunity and Treviso were further punished in what was a very poor night in front of their home crowd.

Andries Strauss went over after another push towards the Treviso tryline, Hidalgo-Clyne this time squandering the kick at goal, though in the outlook of the match it didn't make too much of a difference.

Treviso finally had something of note to celebrate as they chalked up their first try of the night, a quick break forward allowing Simone Ragusi to burst over as the Pro 12's second bottom side had something positive to take from the game.

Though Hayward will struggle to find anything to take from his kicking game, squandering a second chance. But as the game wore down, Edinburgh claimed a fourth try of the night to secure the bonus point.

Matt Scott stormed over following another burst forward, though a smart pass from Greig Fonks was the catalyst for that fourth venture over the line.

Hidalgo-Clyne finished the scoring for the night with the conversion, as Edinburgh picked up just their second win away from home in their past eight games.

The scorers:

For Treviso:

Try: Ragusi
Pen: Hayward

For Edinburgh:

Tries: Scott 2, Watson, Strauss
Cons: Hidalgo-Clyne 3
Pen: Hidalgo-Clyne

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Simone Ragusi, 13 Andrea Pratichetti, 12 Sam Christie, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia, 10 James Ambrosini, 9 Alberto Lucchese, 8 Mat Luamanu, 7 Dean Budd, 6 Marco Barbini, 5 Marco Fuser, 4 Antonio Pavanello (c), 3 Salesi Manu, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Matteo Zanusso
Replacements: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Romulo Acosta, 18 Rupert Harden, 19 Meyer Swanepoel, 20 Nicola Cattina, 21 Paul Derbyshire, 22 Joe Carlisle, 23 Henry Seniloli

Edinburgh: 15 Jack Cuthbert, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Greig Tonks, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 David Denton, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Mike Coman (c), 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 WP Nel, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Rory Sutherland
16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Grant Shiells, 18 John Andress, 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Roddy Grant, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Nick McLennan, 23 Sam Beard

Referee: Nigel Owens