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Leinster blow away Treviso

09th February 2012 22:34

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Isa Nacewa Leinster

Star man: Isa Nacewa

Leinster extended their lead at the top of the RaboDirect Pro12 table to 14 points with a 42-8 bonus-point win over Benetton Treviso.

Joe Schmidt's side had a man-of-the-match display from Isa Nacewa to thank for making it eleven wins in a row in the competition.

Nacewa was handed the goal-kicking duties with Jonathan Sexton away on international duty and he was successful with all bar one of his attempts at goal as well as scoring the try that finally put an end to Treviso's challenge.

The Fijian put Leinster 3-0 up in the fifth minute but that strike was cancelled out when a scuffed drop goal attempt from Alberto di Bernardo just about cleared the cross bar at the end of the first quarter.

That prompted a quick riposte from Leinster and they scored the opening try of the game when quick ball found its way to fly-half Ian Madigan, who stepped inside one man and then another to cross the Treviso line.

Nacewa missed the conversion but finished the half with a second penalty. Nacewa showed up well in defence at the start of the second half to safely usher a well-weighted kick from Brendan Williams into touch inches from his own line.

Treviso continued to enjoy their best spell of pressure and they were awarded a kickable penalty, but Di Bernardo was off target for the second time in the evening.

Nacewa added a further three-pointer for Leinster before Treviso scored their one and only try when Fernandez-Rouyet put in fellow prop Matteo Muccignat with a well-timed pass.

But Richardt Strauss, Nacewa, John Cooney and Fionn Carr all crossed for further tries as Treviso were blown away in the final quarter.

Leinster: 15 Isa Nacewa, 14 Darren Hudson, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 Colm O'Shea, 11 Fionn Carr, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Isaac Boss, 8 Leo Auva'a, 7 Shane Jennings, 6 Kevin McLaughlin (c), 5 Devin Toner, 4 Damian Browne, 3 Nathan White, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Heinke van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Mark Flanagan, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 John Cooney, 22 Noel Reid, 23 Andrew Boyle.

Treviso: 15 Ludovico Nitoglia, 14 Benjamin De Jager, 13 Ezio Galon, 12 Andrea Pratichetti, 11 Brendan Williams, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 Alberto Chillon, 8 Marco Filippucci, 7 Benjamin Vermaak, 6 Gonzalo Padr˛, 5 Valerio Bernab˛ (c), 4 Francesco Minto, 3 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, 2 Enrico Ceccato, 1 Matteo Muccignat
Replacements: 16 Diego Vidal, 17 Carlo Fazzari, 18 Pedro Di Santo, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Enrico Pavanello, 21 Simon Picone, 22 Gonzalo Garcia, 23 Tommaso Iannone.

Referee: Leighton Hodges

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