PRO12: Treviso stun Ospreys, Glasgow see off Connacht

Date published: March 25 2017

Treviso claimed only their third win of the campaign when they beat the high flying Ospreys in Treviso and Glasgow secured a home victory over Connacht.

Treviso 13-5 Ospreys
Stadio Comunale di Monigo

Eight points from the boot of Tito Tebaldi secured a shock win for Treviso over Ospreys in Italy.

After a period of early dominance from the home side, Treviso opened the scoring. Despite a missed penalty opportunity from Tebaldi, inside centre Alberto Sgarbi dotted down to capitalise on his sides’ momentum.

Tebaldi atoned for his earlier miss and added the extras to give Treviso a seven-point lead after 20 minutes.

Despite a lacklustre first half performance from the Ospreys, they would not go into the break empty handed.

A break from Sam Davies was neatly finished off by young starlet Keelan Giles, the winger’s score cutting Treviso’s leas to just two points at half-time.

After the break, Ospreys continued to press but were unable to add to Giles’ try. Treviso broke the stalemate on the hour mark with a penalty from Tebaldi.

With seven minutes to go, Tebaldi kicked his second penalty of the evening to take Treviso eight points clear.

The loss means Steve Tandy’s men fall to third in the standings after Munster and Leinster both picked up wins.

The scorers:

For Treviso:
Con: Tebaldi
Pens: Tebaldi 2

For Ospreys:
Keelan Giles

Treviso: 15 David Odiete, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Ian McKinley, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Marco Lazzaroni, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Dean Budd (c), 4 Filippo Gerosa, 3 Simone Ferrari, Luca Bigi 2, 1 Federico Zani
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, Alberto Porolli 17, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Guglielmo Zanini, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Giorgio Bronzini, Tommaso Benvenuti, 23 Luke McLean

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Keelan Giles, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Dafydd Howells, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Tom Habberfield (c), 8 Dan Baker, 7 Olly Cracknell, 6 James King, 5 Rory Thornton, 4 Lloyd Ashley, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Paul James
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Tyler Ardron, 20 Sam Underhill, 21 Brendon Leonard, 22 Jay Baker, 23 Jonathan Spratt

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Rhys Thomas (Wales), Giuseppe Vivarini (Italy)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Glasgow 35-24 Connacht
Scotstoun stadium

Glasgow kept pace with the pack at the top of the PRO12 table with a convincing 35-24 win over Connacht.

Connacht came out of the blocks firing and opened the scoring with a try from Niyi Adeolokun. A break from Tiernan O’Halloran was powerfully finished off by the winger.

A penalty from Finn Russell a few minutes later to settle Glasgow’s nerves, and they began to build into the game. Their first try was quick to follow, hooker Corey Flynn powering over from close range.

The visitors hit back with a penalty of their own from Craig Ronaldson, before their captain John Muldoon crashed over the try-line to re-establish Connacht’s lead.

A Russell penalty just before half-time kept Glasgow to within two points heading into the second half.

At the start of the second half, a second penalty from Ronaldson edged Connacht in front, before Glasgow crossed for their second try. A break from Russell culminated with him stepping through the Connacht defensive line to score.

The Irish province’s momentum came to a halt when fly half Jack Carty was shown yellow for a high tackle. Glasgow were quick to take advantage, with scrum-half Ali Price darting around the resulting scrum to score his sides third try.

With Connacht back to a full compliment, it was Glasgow’s turn to go a man down. Lock Tim Swinson was shown a red card for a reckless tackle, Ronaldson adding three points from the subsequent penalty.

Despite the handicap, Glasgow were able to extend their lead, a Peter Horne penalty taking them out of single score range.

A Carty penalty closed the gap back to six with a few minutes to go, but it wouldn’t be enough for the away side.

There was still enough time for Glasgow to secure the bonus point. Veteran winger Sean Lamont crossed in the corner to put the game beyond doubt.

The scorers:

For Glasgow Warriors:
Flynn, Russell, Price, Lamont
Cons: Russell 3
Pens: Russell 2, Horne
Red Card: Swinson

For Connacht:
Adeolokun, Muldoon
Cons: Ronaldson
Pens: Ronaldson 2, Carty
Yellow Card: Carty

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Peter Horne (c), 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Matt Smith, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Brian Alainu’uese, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Alex Allan
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 D’arcy Rae, 19 Scott Cummings, 20 Lewis Wynne, 21 George Horne, 22 Alex Dunbar, 23 Peter Murchie

Connacht: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Bundee Aki, 12 Craig Ronaldson, 11 Stacey Ili, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 John Muldoon (c), 7 Jake Heenan, 6 Sean O’Brien, 5 Andrew Browne, 4 Quinn Roux, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Denis Buckley
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Ronan Loughney, 18 Dominic Robertson-McCoy, 19 James Cannon, 20 Naulia Dawai, 21 John Cooney, 22 Tom Farrell, 23 Josh Rowland

Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Sean Brickell (Wales), Bob Nevins (Scotland)