Glasgow Warriors ran in six tries in a high-scoring visit to Italy, securing a 40-23 victory over Treviso to go top of the Pro12.
The Warriors didn’t have it all their own way, but came through a tough test, as they continue their attempts to make the playoff final once again.
Gregor Townsend will have been happy not, not only with the hatful of tries his side managed, but also the variety of scores on show.
The home team struggled as the game went on, but will take heart from a full-blooded, committed display. Treviso came into the game on the back of seven straight defeats, and were keen not to continue the worrying trend, with a Joe Carlisle penalty giving them the lead inside a couple of minutes.
Early signs suggested that the Italians were going to be no pushovers, and they made a statement of intent on the nine minute mark.
After Mat Luamanu had gone agonizingly close to crossing under the posts, Joe Carlisle threw a long pass wide to Michele Campagnaro, who managed to stumble over the line and give Glasgow plenty of work to do.
The Warriors replied soon after with a well worked score. Peter Horne made a smart break in midfield, his pass to Stuart Hogg created a two on one situation, and the full back popped the ball back on the inside for Tommy Seymour who strolled over. They added another soon after.
Tyrone Holmes rumbled over the line after a well worked rolling maul, with Duncan Weir’s extras giving the Warriors a 12-10 lead.
Treviso would have been disappointed that their solid start had fallen away, and things got even worse when Seymour broke from his own half unchallenged to put the Scottish club in a comfortable position.
Both sides were thoroughly entertaining a sizeable crowd, with Carlisle adding two penalties before half time which meant Glasgow had a narrow lead of 19-16 at the break.
James Eddie gave the visitors the perfect start to the second half, using his undeniable strength to cross and put Glasgow ten points ahead once again.
Just like Seymour in the first half, DTH van der Merwe got himself on the score sheet through a run from his own half. The try ended the game as a contest after 60 minutes.
Sean Lamont added another soon after, taking advantage of good work by Niko Matawalu. Campagnaro did cross for his second to ensure that his side were still in the hunt for a bonus point.
That never materialised though, and Glasgow secured a win and maximum points.
For Treviso: Tries: Campagnaro 2 Cons: Carlisle, Hayward Pens: Carlisle 3
For Glasgow: Tries: Seymour 2, Holmes, Eddie, Lamont, Van der Merwe Cons: Weir 3, Russell 2 Yellow Cards: De Klerk, Matawalu
Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia, 10 Joe Carlisle, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Mat Luamanu, 7 Marco Lazzaroni, 6 Simone Favaro, 5 Marco Fuser, 4 Antonio Pavanello (c), 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Matteo Muccignat. Replacements: 16 Giovanni Maistri, 17 Matteo Zanusso, 18 Romulo Acosta, 19 Francesco Minto, 20 Leo Auva’a, 21 Marco Barbini, 22 Sam Christie, 23 Alberto Lucchese.
Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Sean Lamont, 12 Peter Horne, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Niko Matawalu, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 James Eddie, 5 Al Kellock (c), 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Alex Allan. Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Leone Nakarawa, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Ali Price, 22 Finn Russell, 23 James Downey
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU, 3rd competition game) Assistant Referees: Claudio Blessano, Andrea Spadoni (both FIR) TMO: Stefano Penne (FIR)
- Planet Rugby