Ulster put Treviso to the sword

Date published: September 10 2016

Ulster made it two wins out of two in this year's PRO12 after they claimed a 22-11 victory over Treviso at Stadio Monigo on Friday.

Les Kiss' troops opened the scoring on six minutes with a score from Luke Marshall. After several gruelling phases, the ball went through the hands and Marshall crossed the line, with Ruan Pienaar converting. 

After a penalty from Treviso's Tommaso Allen, Ulster's Pienaarf kicked a penalty of his own to increase the lead back to seven points. A second penalty from Allen meant that the score was 10-6 to Ulster heading into half-time.

After the break, Ulster extended their lead with a second try from Rob Herring. A powerful driving maul ended with the skipper dotting down unopposed. 

Their third try of the evening followed shortly afterwards. This time it was Pienaar with the score. Great work from Jacob Stockade and Stuart Holding led to Pienaar scoring under the posts. With the Springbok converting his own kick, this performance will further underline the frustration surrounding his situation at Ulster. 

As the minutes passed, Ulster went searching for the crucial bonus point score. But, in their desperation, they left themselves vulnerable on the counter. With the clock in the red, Ulster's Stuart Holding was shown yellow as Treviso broke for one last attack. 

From the resulting penalty, Tommaso Benavenuti scored his sides only try of the evening. Disappointingly for the Italians, the score wasn't enough to bring them back within losing bonus point range. 

The result was equally frustrating for Ulster, as they leave a game without the bonus point score and the maximum five points, which could prove vital later in the campaign.

The scorers:

For Treviso:
Pens: Allen 2
Yellow Card: Paulo

For Ulster: 
Marshall, Herring, Pienaar
Cons: Pienaar 2
Pens: Pienaar 
Yellow Cards: Herring, Olding

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean (C), 11 Andrea Buondonno, 10 Thomas Allan, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Marco Barbini, 7 Marco Lazzaroni, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Nicola Quaglio
Replacements: 16 Roberta Santamaria, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Titian Pasquali, 19 Filippo Gerosa, 20 Dean Budd, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 David Odiete

Ulster: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Rob Lyttle, 13 Luke Marshall, 12 Stuart Olding, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Brett Herron, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Clive Ross, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Rodney Ah You, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Kyle McCall
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Andy Warwick, 18 Ross Kane, 19 Pete Browne, 20 Robbie Diack, Angus Lloyd, Stuart McCloskey, Darren Cave

Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Simone Boaretto (Italy)
TMO: Charles Samson (Scotland)