Leinster cruise past Treviso

Date published: February 12 2017

Leinster continued with their fine recent form when the claimed a 40-14 victory over Treviso at  Stadio Monigo on Sunday.

The hosts scored through Robert Barbieri and Andrea Pratichetti, but may feel aggrieved not to have come away with more to show for their performance.

Two scores first half scores from Dave Kearney and one from Rory O’Loughlin gave Leinster a 21-7 half-time lead, before Adam Byrne, Joey Carbery and Bryan Byrne added to the scoring.

Leinster took the lead with just two minutes on the clock when a well worked lineout move provided Ross Byrne with the chance to chip it over the Italians’ defence, before the ball was expertly collected by O’Loughlin to slide over.

Having set up the opening try Byrne then lined up his first attempt from the tee, slotting the conversion with ease. Treviso came back fighting though, requiring expert defending from Zane Kirchner and Ross Byrne to keep them at bay, but the visitors soon doubled their tally before the half an hour mark.

Against the run of play Dominic Ryan broke free in the midfield, before finding Ian Nagle with an excellent offload. The ball was shipped out to wing Kearney to dot down, followed by Byrne adding his second conversion of the afternoon.

Kearney’s second came four minutes later as Leinster?s superiority began to show, the Irish international finding the corner. Byrne’s touchline conversion defied the blustery conditions to sail between the uprights.

Treviso found the score their early performance had deserved when back row forward Barbieri powered his way over the line, before Ian McKinley’s conversion made it 21-7.

A strong push at the scrum from the Irish side gave their backs a great platform to build from, as fast hands out to the right wing gave Adam Byrne the chance to secure the bonus point.

His namesake Ross kicked expertly from the touchline to make it four from four off the tee. Treviso wing Pratichetti’s try on 54 minutes allowed McKinley to narrow the deficit further from the tee, but the score was soon cancelled out when replacement Carbery showed the expertise of a forward to burrow over from close range for an uncoverted try.

The visitors’ sixth try came 10 minutes from time, with their hosts down to 14 men, when Bryan Byrne touched down from the back of a driving maul. Ross Byrne, having missed his last attempt, slotted this one with aplomb.

The scorers:

For Treviso:
Paulo, Pratichetti
Cons: McKinley
Yellow Card: Minto

For Leinster:
O’Loughlin, Kearney 2, A Byrne, Carbery, B Byrne
Cons: R Byrne 5

Treviso: 15 David Odiete, 14 Andrea Pratichetti, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (c), 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Ian McKinley, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Dean Budd, 6 Marco Lazzaroni, 5 Teofilo Paulo, 4 Filippo Gerosa, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Federico Zani
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Matteo Zanusso, 19 Francesco Minto, 20 Guglielmo Zanini, 21 Enrico Francescato, 22 Michael Tagicakibau, 23 Andrea Buondonno

Leinster: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Rory O’Loughlin, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Dominic Ryan, 5 Ian Nagle, 4 Mick Kearney, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Richardt Strauss (c), 1 Peter Dooley
Replacements: 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Andrew Porter, 18 Mike Ross, 19 Ross Molony, 20 Peadar Timmins, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Barry Daly

Referee: Dan Jones (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Rhys Thomas (Wales), Andrea Spadoni (Italy)