Pro12: Treviso 8-29 Edinburgh

By Jamie LyallFor BBC Scotland
Dave Denton carries for Edinburgh
David Denton on the charge for Edinburgh against Treviso
Treviso (3) 8
Try: Ragusi Pen: Hayward
Edinburgh (17) 29
Tries: Coman, Scott 2, Strauss Cons: Hidalgo-Clyne 3 Pen: Hidalgo-Clyne

Matt Scott grabbed a fine brace of tries as Edinburgh followed Glasgow Warriors' win over Zebre with a bonus-point triumph of their own in Treviso.

The victory arrests a two-match losing blip for Edinburgh as the race for Champions Cup qualification intensifies.

Mike Coman and Andries Strauss also touched down to ensure the visitors left with maximum points.

Simone Ragusi scored a consolation for Treviso in a rare moment of potency.

Edinburgh had trounced their hosts, who sit second-bottom in the Pro12 as the slightly better half of an unenviable Italian one-two at the foot of the table, 48-0 at Murrayfield in December.

Head coach Alan Solomons warned pre-match that Treviso are "a different kettle of fish" at their Stadio Monigo base, and though this was not the rout of four months ago, seldom was his side's defence troubled.

After a frantic and forgettable opening quarter of an hour, Dougie Fife administered a dose of attacking panache, earning the field position for Edinburgh's first try in just failing to gather his own chip-kick at the corner flag, his opposite number Ragusi covering well to scramble into touch.

From the resultant lineout, however, the visiting pack were ruthless, a well-constructed maul rumbling its way to the line with captain Coman flopping over, and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne converting.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne kicked nine points for Edinburgh against Treviso
Sam Hidalgo-Clyne kicked nine points for Edinburgh against Treviso

Solomons was able to include five of the 23 players involved in Scotland's loss to Italy last Saturday in his starting line-up, and two of those combined well for Edinburgh's second barely 90 seconds later.

Ben Toolis charged down James Ambrosini's attempted clearance 30m out, and the ball bounced kindly for Scott to canter in behind the posts untouched, setting up an easy conversion for his scrum-half.

Kiwi full-back Jayden Hayward landed a tricky penalty to get the hosts off the mark on 34 minutes, but Hidalgo-Clyne cancelled it out almost immediately with a well-struck goal of his own.

The former Western Force back, who enjoyed a particularly impressive Super Rugby campaign in 2014, missed from the tee with the last play of the half after referee Nigel Owens penalised Edinburgh for collapsing the scrum, leaving his side adrift by 14 points at the break.

The hosts, looking more cohesive and sharp immediately after the restart, mounted pressure in the Edinburgh 22, culminating in an overlap down the short side that left Fife stranded only for second-row Marco Fuser to knock on metres from the line.

Treviso continued to press, while Edinburgh struggled to mount dynamic phase play of their own, but Solomons' men showed a touch of class to score the pick of the bunch on the hour mark.

Hamish Watson, who made his Scotland debut seven days ago, sliced through the home midfield, the ball was recycled quickly, and a strong carry from Scott created the space for Strauss to slide in at the corner.

Hidalgo-Clyne missed the conversion, and 10 minutes later, Ragusi performed a remarkable act of pick-pocketing to strip Tim Visser of the ball and scamper up the unguarded flank to score.

With the try unconverted, Edinburgh hunted for a bonus-point touchdown, and got it when Scott cut a lovely angle off Greig Tonks on the 22 and stepped Hayward to ground over the whitewash, Hidalgo-Clyne adding the extras.

The visitors should have finished with a flourish as Fife embarked on a spectacular arcing run from deep, but with a glut of black jerseys rushing up in support, the final pass went to ground.

However, after the Scarlets, a place above Edinburgh in seventh, toppled reigning champions Leinster earlier on Saturday, the five points gained in this potential banana-skin fixture may yet prove a crucial fillip with a top-six finish necessary to ensure Champions Cup rugby next season.

Benetton Treviso: Jayden Hayward, Simone Ragusi, Andrea Pratichetti, Sam Christie, Ludovico Nitoglia, James Ambrosini, Alberto Lucchese, Matteo Zanusso, Davide Giazzon, Salesi Manu, Antonio Pavanello (captain), Marco Fuser, Marco Barbini, Dean Budd, Mat Luamanu.

Replacements: Albert Anae, Romulo Acosta, Rupert Harden, Meyer Swanepoel, Nicola Cattina, Paul Derbyshire, Joe Carlisle, Henry Seniloli.

Edinburgh: Jack Cuthbert, Dougie Fife, Matt Scott, Andries Strauss, Tim Visser, Greig Tonks, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Rory Sutherland, Stuart McInally, WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Ben Toolis, Mike Coman (captain), Hamish Watson, David Denton.

Replacements: Neil Cochrane, Grant Shiells, John Andress, Ollie Atkins, Roddy Grant, Nathan Fowles, Nick McLennan, Sam Beard.

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