De Waal kicks Treviso to win
April 16, 2011
Ruaridh Jackson kicked 11 points for Glasgow in defeat to Treviso
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Willem de Waal kicked 14 points as Benetton Treviso battled past Glasgow Warriors 19-16 in a low-scoring Magners League basement battle.
After a first half containing just two penalties for each team, home flanker Robert Barbieri and Glasgow centre Graeme Morrison traded tries with the visitors a man short. A penalty apiece left the scores still level but De Waal's drop-goal clinched victory for the hosts. Ruaridh Jackson kicked 11 of Glasgow's points but his two penalty misses ultimately proved crucial.
Home scrum-half Fabio Semenzato was forced off with a blood injury after just two minutes, Simon Picone taking his place. It took nine minutes for Treviso to put the first points on the board as De Waal landed a penalty from long range.
Warriors fly-half Jackson responded in kind on the quarter-hour before Italy international Semenzato returned, his head wound having been treated satisfactorily. Jackson booted the next points in the 27th minute but the hosts levelled on the stroke of half-time. Referee Dudley Phillips spotted an infringement as prop Matteo Muccignat went for the line and De Waal took the opportunity to make it 6-6.
A fiery start to the second half saw a stamp by Ryan Grant spark a minor fracas, with the Glasgow prop yellow-carded for his part in the incident.
Treviso scored their only try while their opponents were down to 14 men, De Waal receiving good ball out of a lineout and feeding Barbieri, who burst through a gap and beat two tacklers before stretching over the whitewash.
Jackson missed a chance to cut the deficit with a penalty but, with Grant still off the field, Glasgow captain Morrison found a gap in the Italian defence and crossed for the match-levelling try.
The return of Grant was little help to Glasgow as De Waal put his side ahead once again after an infringement in the Scottish scrum but Jackson was quick to respond once again, slotting over in the 55th minute to make it 16-16.
Amid a spate of substitutions, though, De Waal landed the match-winning points from open play after being teed up 40 yards out. Jackson howled in anguish after another costly miss and the Warriors were unable to find a way through in several phases of attacking possession late on. The win lifts Treviso above their opponents into 10th place in the table, with another Italian side in Aironi keeping the two sides off the bottom.
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