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Glasgow up to second spot

04th January 2013 21:19

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Stuart Hogg

Two tries: Stuart Hogg

Glasgow moved up to second spot in the RaboDirect PRO12 standings after defeating Treviso 41-7 in a one-sided affair at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday.

The visitors could not have made a worse start to the game as they conceded an early three points to the boot of Ruaridh Jackson and had Fijian-born flanker Manoa Vosawai sent off for a spear tackle on Al Kellock, all inside the opening six minutes.

Unsurprisingly, they never recovered and the Warriors were three quarters of the way to a try bonus point by half-time.

After Jackson had slotted his second penalty of the evening, the Scottish side's backs began to enjoy themselves and exploit the space afforded them, which led to two tries in the space of just a few minutes.

DTH van der Merwe grabbed his eighth try of the season after a chip ahead bounced kindly for him and that was followed by a try for 20-year-old full-back Stuart Hogg in the right-hand corner after a good run from Ryan Wilson.

Tommy Seymour then made sure every single member of the Glasgow back three had a try to their name as he intercepted a pass with the final play of the half and sprinted the length of the field to make it 27-0 at the interval.

Treviso at least deserve credit for battling hard in the second half and frustrating their opponents as they scored an early try through lock Francesco Minto and forced the Warriors to wait until well into the final ten minutes to finally secure the bonus point.

Fijian scrum-half Nikola Matawalu was the man to get the crucial score and his try was followed almost immediately by a second of the evening for Hogg as the hosts added some extra gloss to the scoreline in the process of moving up to second in the table.

The scorers:

For Glasgow:
Tries: Van der Merwe, Hogg 2, Seymour, Matawalu
Con: Jackson 3, Weir 2
Pen: Jackson 2

For Treviso:
Try: Minto
Con: Burton

Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 DTH Van der Merwe, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Rob Harley, 6 Josh Strauss, 5 Al Kellock (c), 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Moray Low, 2 Dougie Hall, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 German Araoz, 19 Tom Ryder, 20 James Eddie, 21 Nico Matawalu, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Peter Murchie.

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Christian Loamanu, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Andrea Pratichetti, 10 Kristopher Burton, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Manoa Vosawai, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Francesco Minto, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (capt), 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Matteo Muccignat, 18 Alberto De Marchi, 19 Antonio Pavanello, 20 Dean Budd, 21 Simone Favaro, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Referee: Leo Colgan
Assistant Referees: David Changleng, Graeme Marshall
Citing Commissioner: Peter Brown

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