Glasgow hold off Treviso
March 18, 2011
Jon Welsh powered over for Glasgow's first try
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Glasgow fought to a 25-17 Magners League victory over Benetton Treviso at Firhill on Friday night.
The Warriors were deserved winners and scored tries through prop Jon Welsh, centre Peter Murchie and wing Alex Dunbar, with fly-half Duncan Weir adding the extras.
Treviso battled throughout, snapping up tries thanks to Michele Rizzo and Ludovico Nitoglia, with Willem de Waal kicking two conversions and a penalty.
Glasgow, who were missing 17 players with six on international duty and 11 injured, made a bright start but were unable to capitalise. Federico Aramburu put the visitors' defence under pressure but nothing came of it with both Murchie and wing Hefin O'Hare guilty of hanging on to the ball with a colleague well placed.
Treviso, themselves missing 10 men on Six Nations duty, were to show the Scots how to do it with their first chance. Flanker Gonzalo Padrò was released on a 20-metre run deep into Glasgow's 22 from where the ball was moved right and in the 13th minute prop Rizzo slipped over from seven metres and De Waal converted from far out.
Glasgow's discipline at the set-piece then slipped. Treviso stuck a penalty into the home 22 where Glasgow gave away a free-kick followed by a penalty, that De Waal kicked to give the Italians a 10-0 lead after 23 minutes. In the 34th minute Glasgow were forced into a change when lock Tom Ryder limped off and the appearance of sub James Eddie brought a change of Glasgow's fortunes.
He immediately hustled De Waal into an error and from the possession Eddie was driven over but unable to ground the ball. However, following the scrum, Weir kicked a penalty. Eddie, along with Johnnie Beattie and Ryan Wilson, were very much involved as Glasgow finished the half in a very different gear, their momentum rewarded right on the half-time whistle with Welsh scoring and Weir converting to send the teams in level at 10-10.
Glasgow began the second-half where they left off and looked well on their way to a bonus-point win with two tries in the first five minutes, the first coming from Murchie with Weir converting. High-tempo play then saw Weir put in left wing Dunbar for an unconverted try.
Glasgow were now motoring but were brought down to earth in the 49th minute when a move broke down deep in the Treviso 22 from where the visitors broke upfield and Nitoglia touched down for De Waal to convert and cut the deficit to five points. Glasgow could not get the bonus-point try, hooker Fergus Thomson coming closest, but a Weir penalty seven minutes from time extended their final lead to eight points.
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