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Treviso take spoils in Italian derby

31st December 2011 16:07

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Scrum power: Treviso were awarded a penalty try

Treviso took revenge on Italian rivals Aironi with 37-14 bonus-point win at the Stadio Monigo on Saturday.

After their shock 27-13 loss in the reverse fixture the previous week, the hosts re-established themselves as the country's dominant side.

They opened up a comfortable 23-9 advantage through tries from Tobias Botes and Alessandro Zanni.

Kris Burton added two three-pointers and converted both of the first half tries, although Aironi responded with three penalties by Luciano Orquera.

But a Franco Sbaraglini touchdown and a penalty try sealed the bonus-point victory, despite Gabriel Pizarro's late score.

Orquera had been the hero last week with a perfect kicking display and he opened the scoring here with another from the tee.

Burton and the visiting fly-half then traded further penalties, before the hosts' fly-half levelled the match at 6-6.

After 17 minutes, Botes scored the first try of the game before Zanni continued their dominance when he crossed the whitewash. Burton converted both although Orquera reduced the gap to 11 points.

Tommaso Benvenuti was sin-binned for the hosts, but despite being a man light, Treviso's fly-half added his second three-pointer.

The hosts carried on dominating the second period and were deservedly rewarded when Sbaraglini touched down.

Burton did the rest before the visitors saw Andrea Masi yellow carded.

Treviso's dominance up front saw a penalty try awarded, but a fraught fixture meant a third player was sent-off for 10 minutes, this time it was hosts' full-back Luke McLean.

Pizarro touched down late on for Aironi, but Treviso went home comfortable winners.

The scorers:

For Treviso:
Tries: Botes , Zanni, Sbaraglini, Penalty try
Cons: Burton 4
Pens: Burton 3

For Aironi:
Tries: Pizarro
Pens: Orquera 3

Yellow cards: Benvenuti (Treviso - 34th min); Masi (Aironi - 56th min); McLean (Treviso - 72nd min)

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Brendan Williams 10 Kristopher Burton, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Gonzalo Padṛ, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello (c), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Franco Sbaraglini, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Diego Vidal, 17 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, 18 Pedro Di Santo, 19 Valerio Bernaḅ, 20 Manoa Vosawai, 21 Simon Picone, 22 Edoardo Gori, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Aironi: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Sinoti Sinoti, 13 Roberto Quartaroli, 12 Gabriel Pizarro, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Josh Sole, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Nicola Cattina; 5 Marco Bortolami (cap), 4 Quintin Geldenhuys; 3 Fabio Staibano, 2 Roberto Santamaria, 1 Alberto De Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Tommaso D'Apice, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 Filippo Ferrarini, 20 Mauro Bergamasco, 21 Giorgio Bronzini, 22 Naas Olivier, 23 Alberto Benettin. Coach: Rowland Phillips.

Venue: Stadio Monigo
Referee: Stefano Penne

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