Ospreys took their unbeaten start in the Pro12 into Europe as they smashed Treviso 42-7 with a bonus-point at Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Ospreys took their unbeaten start in the Pro12 into Europe as they beat Treviso 42-7 at the Liberty Stadium.
Tries from Jeff Hassler and Rhys Webb, as well as 13 points from the boot of Dan Biggar, gave the Welsh region a dominant 23-0 lead at half-time.
Touchdowns via Dan Evans and Dan Baker confirmed the bonus-point before the home side’s number eight was worryingly taken off with a serious-looking injury.
Despite that setback, the Ospreys scored next through their full-back but they couldn’t quite find the same intensity after Baker’s departure and Ludovico Nitoglia crossed the whitewash late on for Treviso.
This match was a repeat of their Pro12 encounter earlier in the campaign, which the hosts easily won 44-13. It was therefore no surprise to see Steve Tandy’s men start the brighter.
Andrew Bishop and Eli Walker both made surges in the opening exchanges as Biggar kicked successive penalties to reward their early dominance.
The fly-half then added a third from the tee to give them a comfortable buffer, but they couldn’t quite find that decisive score which would potentially open the floodgates.
However, that eventually came in the 22nd minute when Hassler crossed the whitewash following an excellent line off his pivot.
A second try was soon forthcoming when a spell of pressure in the Treviso 22 resulted in a yellow card for lock Marco Fuser and Webb eventually touched down from close range.
Fuser returned to the field at the start of the second period but Treviso went down to 14 men once again as Salesi Manu was sin-binned.
Ospreys were quick to take advantage as Evans went over before Baker secured the bonus-point after a typically powerful surge from the number eight.
Baker was then substituted after sustaining an injury, but his team-mates managed to raise themselves and score another try through Evans.
However, the visitors had the final word when Nitoglia broke away for a consolation effort.
Tries: Hassler, Webb, Evans 2, Baker
Cons: Biggar 4
Pens: Biggar 3
Yellow cards: Fuser, Manu
Ospreys: 15 Daniel Evans, 14 Jeff Hassler, 13 Andrew Bishop, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Dan Baker, 7 Sam Lewis, 6 James King, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones (c), 4 Lloyd Peers, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Duncan Jones, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Joe Bearman, 21 Justin Tipuric, 22 Martin Roberts, 23 Sam Davies
Benetton Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Enrico Bacchin, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia, 10 Joe Carlisle, 9 Alberto Lucchese, 8 Francesco Minto 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Simone Favaro, 5 Tomas Vallejos, 4 Antonio Pavanello (c), 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Albert Alfred Anae, 1 Matteo Zanusso.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Romulo Acosta, 18 Salesi Manu, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Meyer Swanepoel, 21 Marco Barbini, 22 Michele Campagnaro, 23 Edoardo Gori
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Referee: Pascal Gauz