Night­mare con­tin­ues for lowly Ed­in­burgh

The Rugby Paper - - Guinness Pro12 -

ED­IN­BURGH slumped to a record eighth suc­ces­sive PRO12 de­feat as their sea­son went from bad to worse at Sta­dio Monigo.

The win, only their fourth of the sea­son, took the Ital­ians off the bot­tom of the ta­ble and one point ahead of Ze­bre in the race for a Cham­pi­ons Cup ticket.

Ed­in­burgh dom­i­nated ter­ri­tory and pos­ses­sion in the open­ing quar­ter, but found the Tre­viso de­fence rather more res­o­lute than it had been at the Scar­lets the pre­vi­ous week­end. Chris Dean and Damien Hoy­land threa­t­end to break through, but it was Ja­son Tovey’s boot that opened the scor­ing af­ter 24 min­utes.

Tovey’s op­po­site num­ber Ian McKin­ley replied two min­utes later and added a sec­ond penalty to take the lead af­ter Ed­in­burgh came un­der pres­sure at the scrum. Tre­viso went straight back onto the at­tack from the re-start and af­ter forc­ing Ed­in­burgh to con­cede a 5m scrum they opted for another set-piece from a penalty.

The Ed­in­burgh pack man­aged to keep this one up, but they couldn’t stop No.8 Robert Bar­bieri pick­ing up and crash­ing over for the first try. McKin­ley’s con­ver­sion made it 13-6 to Tre­viso at the break.

McKin­ley then gave the Ital­ians the per­fect start to the sec­ond half with a third penalty and Ed­in­burgh were forced to de­fend a five me­tre line-out be­fore clear­ing their lines mo­ments later. Tovey then cut the gap with a sec­ond penalty, but the home side hit back im­me­di­ately with a try from wing An­gelo Es­pos­ito that owed ev­ery­thing to fast hands in the back line.

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