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Zebre edge out Treviso

04th January 2014 15:19

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Nine points from fly-half Luciano Orquera saw Zebre overcome Italian Pro12 rivals Treviso 14-12 at Stadio XXV Aprile on Saturday.

Treviso had come out on top in a narrow encounter the last time these two sides met, but it was a different story at the home of Zebre. Again, there was little between these two teams, who have struggled to make an impact in competition this season, and discipline played a major role in the game's outcome.

The first points of the game came in the 14th minute, when Gugliemo Palazzani crossed for the game's first and only try to give Zebre the lead. The Italian international showed great determination to get over the line, and his effort was given the green light by the TMO, though Luciano Orquera was unable to convert.

But Treviso hit back in the minutes that followed and capitalised on home indiscipline to take the lead through two sweetly-struck Matt Berquist penalties. And Berquist added a third on the stroke of half-time to give Treviso a 5-9 lead as the teams headed down the tunnel.

The second half was a similarly tight affair, with neither side able to get over the line for a decisive second try of the game. Orquera's penalty just after the restart shaved Treviso's advantage down to a single point, and he added another on 52 minutes to put his side back in front.

Berquist responded in kind to restore the narrowest advantages for the visitors, but indiscipline again cost Treviso on 65 minutes as Orquera stepped up to make it 14-12.

Treviso searched in vain for in the final stages for the points that could win them the game, but Zebre held their line and their discipline to secure a much needed win following a terrible run of form.

The scorers:

For Zebre:
Try: Palazzani
Pens: Orquera 3

For Treviso:
Pens: Berquist 4

The teams:

Zebre: 15 Gugliemo Palazzani, 14 Dion Berryman, 13 Kameli Ratuvou, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Alberto Chillon, 8 Samuela Vunisa, 7 Andries van Schalkwyk, 6 Mauro Bergamasco, 5 Marco Bortolami (c), 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Matias Aguero.
Replacements: 16 Tommaso D'Apice, 17 Salvatore Perugini, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 George Biagi, 20 Nicola Cattina, 21 Roberto Quartaroli, 22 Giulio Toniolatti, 23 Filippo Ferrarini

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Christian Loamanu, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Angelo Esposito, 10 Mat Berquist, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Dean Budd, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello (c), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Valerio Bernab˛, 21 Marco Filippucci, 22 Edoardo Gori, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (Fr)

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