First win of the season for Treviso

Date published: December 29 2014

Francesco Minto’s late try sealed a first win of the season for Treviso as they beat Zebre 26-16 in the Italian derby.

Henry Seniloli went over in the first half for the visitors, after Giambattista Venditti’s early score for Zebre.

But with the boot of Jayden Hayward, Treviso managed to build a lead in Parma, and Minto’s score ensured they would be victorious for the first time of the season.

Venditti’s try and eight points from the boot of Kelly Haimona gave the hosts a 13-6 advantage after 18 minutes, but Seniloli’s touchdown and three Hayward penalties moved Treviso 16-13 ahead.

Haimona’s three-pointer levelled the game after the interval, but Hayward’s fourth penalty and Minto’s converted score sealed a deserved win for Benetton.

Both these teams have struggled so far this season, but it was Treviso who went into this encounter in particular disarray.

No victories in either the Guinness Pro12 or the European Champions Cup meant a team low on confidence, but this match against their Italian rivals perhaps gave them their best chance to garner that elusive win.

However, it was Zebre, a side who have produced far more positive performances this campaign, who were out of the blocks quicker when Venditti touched down.

Despite their frustrations in 2014/15, that setback didn’t seem to affect the visitors and they hit back through a Hayward penalty.

The respective kickers then traded three-pointers as the hosts led 10-6 with 15 minutes gone before another successful effort off the tee from Haimona took the Parma-based outfit seven points clear.

It was a deserved advantage on the balance of play in the opening quarter, but Treviso managed to get on top in the final ten minutes of the half.

Firstly, Seniloli’s converted try levelled the scores and a third Hayward penalty gave Benetton a surprise 16-13 lead at the break.

Although Haimona restored parity early in the second period, the away side were given a boost when Dries van Schalkwyk was yellow carded for Zebre.

The visitors’ full-back kicked the resultant opportunity for a 19-16 advantage, but they were dealt a blow as Simone Ragusi was sent to the sin-bin.

Treviso managed to hold out while Ragusi was off the field and then sealed the victory when Minto crossed the whitewash.

The scorers:

For Zebre:
Try: Venditti
Con: Haimona
Pens: Haimona 3
Yellow Card: Van Schalkwyk

For Treviso:
Tries: Seniloli, Minto
Cons: Hayward 2
Pens: Hayward 4
Yellow Card: Ragusi

The teams:

Zebre: 15 Hendrik Daniller, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Giulio Bisegni, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Kelly Haimona, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Samuela Vunisa, 7 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 6 Mauro Bergamasco, 5 George Biagi, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys (c), 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Andrea Manici, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Oliviero Fabiani, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 Marco Bortolami, 20 Valerio Bernab