Ir­ish ace McKin­ley stars again for Tre­viso

The Rugby Paper - - Guinness Pro12 -

IAN McKin­ley cel­e­brated his Test call-up with a stand out per­for­mance as Tre­viso downed Ital­ian ri­vals Ze­bre and se­cured their place in the Cham­pi­ons Cup next sea­son.

The for­mer Le­in­ster fly­half re­tired in 2011 after los­ing an eye but he made a com­pet­i­tive re­turn to rugby with Ze­bre last sea­son wear­ing pro­tec­tive gog­gles be­fore mov­ing to Tre­viso last sum­mer.

Ear­lier this week, he was called up by Conor O’Shea to rep­re­sent Italy in Tests against Scot­land, Fiji and Aus­tralia and he ended it by kick­ing 14 points, in­clud­ing the con­ver­sion to Marco Fuser’s try.

It was Fuser who opened the scor­ing for Tre­viso with McKin­ley adding the ex­tras for a 7-0 lead.

Ze­bre were able to re­duce the deficit through Carlo Canna’s penalty on 16 min­utes and there was an­other chance for Ze­bre to score five min­utes later but Canna’s penalty came back off the posts.

McKin­ley ex­tended his side’s lead to 10-3 on 34 min­utes but they were dealt a blow two min­utes be­fore the break when Fuser was binned for an il­le­gal tackle.

But it was Tre­viso who pulled fur­ther in front early in the sec­ond half as two penal­ties from McKin­ley took the score out to 16-3.

A third sec­ond-half McKin­ley penalty added an­other three points but Ze­bre were not giv­ing up with­out a fight and kept pre­serv­ing with the pres­sure telling when Tre­viso’s Tiziano Pasquali re­ceived a yel­low on 74 min­utes.

But the vis­i­tors’ de­fence held firm to record the win.

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