The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
POWER prop John Welsh last night insisted title- chasing Glasgow can’t risk taking their foot off the Pro12 pedal when they square up to Treviso.
The Italians may be wallowing at the foot of the table, but their victory over Edinburgh at the weekend proved they haven’t stopped scrapping for points.
And Welsh stressed the Warriors will be treating them as just as big a threat as the top teams when they pitch up at Scotstoun on Friday.
He delivered his verdict as he looked back on Glasgow’s tensionpacked victory over play-off race rivals the Ospreys.
Other results were also favourable for Welsh and his mates.
Third-placed Ulster stumbled 28- 23 at Cardiff, and pace-setters Leinster beat Munster 22- 18 in the Irish showdown in Dublin.
He declared: “We might be rated favourites to beat Treviso, but we will not be changing our approach.
“We go into every match exactly the same way, especially at this stage of the season because every fixture is an absolute battle.”
Meanwhile, a burst of two tries in quick succession paved the way for Treviso to end their losing run by beating Edinburgh 20-16, with only a last-gasp score by Cornell Du Preez putting a kinder complexion on the scoreline for the capital men.
Tobias Botes had fired Treviso ahead but Edinburgh were eventually able to break their duck when Carl Bezuidenhout slotted two penalties.
Du Preez should have set up an Edinburgh try, but greed got the better of him.
He had two men free on the outside following a trademark gallop from Dave Denton, but he opted to go for the line and was hauled down.
Bezuidenhout spared some of the blushes by completing his penalty treble.
Treviso looked the more urgent and were rewarded with another easy strike from Botes, which narrowed the gap to three.
They rubbed in their superiority when hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini and prop Alberto De Marchi added late tries.
Scarlets beat Connacht 32-20 yesterday.
Scotland Sevens bounced back to claim the consolation Bowl at the Hong Kong leg of the World Series.