Nine-try win for Ospreys

Date published: September 17 2016

The Ospreys continued their fine start to the PRO12 season as they comfortably beat Treviso with a 64-10 bonus-point win on Saturday.

The hosts sealed a first-half try scoring bonus point despite a quiet opening 20 minutes, as Ben John, Sam Parry, Jeff Hassler and Dan Evans all carried over, only to be answered by a single Tomasso Allan penalty.

Ospreys' domination continued in the second-half as tries from Dafydd Howells, Keelan Giles, Ma'afu Fia and Alun-Wyn Jones, along with a penalty try, extended their lead even further.

Treviso were able to score a consolation try through Dean Budd with the final play of the game, but a rampant Ospreys were just far too powerful for the Italian side.

Sam Davies opened the scoring with a penalty after quarter of an hour, but Treviso's Allan cancelled it out immediately to make the score 3-3.

The game's first try came from Ospreys' John, whose dazzling display of footwork saw him make a clean break to score under the posts, making Davies' kick a formality.

Parry scored his fourth try in two home games this season, carrying over after breaking away from the back of a strong rolling maul. Davies' kick soared through the posts.

Quick thinking from Ospreys wing Hassler then saw him catch the Italian defence out as he broke clear down the middle and put on the afterburners to race home from distance. Touching down just to the right of the posts, Davies' conversion was as simple as they come.

Just as Treviso began to pile pressure on the Welsh side, it was Evans who was next to cross the whitewash after intercepting the ball and racing up field on the counter, securing the try-scoring bonus point moments before the half-time break. Davies maintained his 100 per-cent record from the tee and added the extras, and the hosts went in to the break with a comfortable 31-3 lead.

Howells ensured Ospreys continued the second-half as they ended the first, and he went over in the corner in emphatic fashion after 45 minutes on the clock, despite the best efforts of Treviso's David Odiete. With Howells grounding the ball with a flamboyant dive in the corner, the angle was too tight for Davies to add the extras this time around.

To make matters worse for the Italians, Luca Bigi was then sent to the sin bin in the 51st minute, after collapsing a maul that was well on its way to the Treviso try=line.

With 14 on the field, things went from bad to worse for Treviso, as a high tackle from Ian McKinley prevented Tom Habberfield from touching down, giving referee Lloyd Linton no choice but to award another yellow card and a penalty try.

Shortly after coming on, Dan Biggar opened his account for the season with the simple conversion from in front of the posts.

An eye-catching turn of pace then saw Giles create a score out of nothing, as he dropped a shoulder to beat three Treviso players and score from 30 metres out. Biggar converted with ease from in front of the posts, taking Ospreys to the 50-point mark.

After another Treviso yellow card kept them at 14 men, Rhys Webb found a short pass inside him to Tongan front-row Fia to burrow over the line from close range, giving Biggar the chance to make it 57-3.

Jones became the Ospreys' eighth try scorer on the night, as scrum-half Webb once again provided an inviting ball for the lock to run on to, with Biggar's form from the tee continuing.

After Webb's box kick was charged down, Treviso lock Budd was able to claim the aerial ball and crash over in the corner for a late consolation try, and although McKinley's kick was successful with the final kick of the game, it finished 64-10 in favour of the hosts.

The scorers:

For Ospreys:
Tries: John, Parry, Hassler, Evans, Howells, Penalty Try, Giles, Fia, Jones
Cons: Davies 4, Biggar 4
Pens: Davies

For Treviso:
Try: Budd
Con: McKinley
Pen: Allan

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Jeff Hassler, 13 Ben John, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Dafydd Howells, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Tom Habberfield (c), 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 James King, 5 Rory Thornton, 4 Lloyd Ashley, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Paul James
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Alun Wyn Jones, 20 Olly Cracknell, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Keelan Giles

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 David Odiete, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (c), 11 Andrea Buondonno, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Marco Barbini, 7 Marco Lazzaroni, 6 Dean Budd, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Filippo Gerosa, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Roberto Santamaria, 1 Alberto De Marchi
Replacements: 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Matteo Zanusso, 18 Cherif Traore, 19 Guglielmo Zanini, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Tito Tebaldi, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Andrea Pratichetti

Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
Assistant Referees: Graeme Wells (Scotland), Martyn Lewis (Wales)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)