Pro12: Edinburgh 28-13 Benetton Treviso

By Andy BurkeBBC Sport Scotland
Hoyland scored the game's opening try
Edinburgh wing Damien Hoyland scored the game's opening try
Edinburgh: (10) 28
Try: Hoyland 2, penalty-try Pens: Hidalgo-Clyne 3 Cons: Hidalgo-Clyne 2
Benetton Treviso: (6) 13
Try: McLean Pens: Amrosini 2 Cons: Ambrosini

Damien Hoyland scored two of three tries as Edinburgh recorded a routine victory over Treviso at Murrayfield.

The winger touched down early and again in the last minute, with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne kicking 13 points to add to a second-half penalty try.

Treviso have lost all their league matches this season but did cross through full-back Luke McLean.

The victory is Edinburgh's third in a row in the league after back-to-back wins over Glasgow Warriors.

Edinburgh thought they had made the perfect start when Hoyland dived over the tryline with only five minutes played, but the wing had lost the ball forward.

They did not have to wait long to open the scoring, with Hidalgo-Clyne knocking over a straightforward penalty after a succession of infringements by the Italians.

The home side were utterly dominant in the opening exchanges and were rewarded with the game's first try.

A rolling maul from the forwards put Treviso on the back foot, and when the ball was spun wide Hidalgo-Clyne floated a pass to Cornell Du Preez, who showed silky hands to pop a pass for Hoyland to dive over.

Cornell Du Preez takes on the Treviso defence
Cornell Du Preez takes on the Treviso defence

Hidalgo-Clyne nailed the touchline conversion to give Edinburgh a 10-point lead that their display in the opening quarter deserved, although James Ambrosini responded with a penalty for Treviso to reduce the arrears.

The Australia-born fly-half knocked over another three-pointer shortly after to reduce the gap to four points as Edinburgh surrendered the initiative somewhat.

Hidalgo-Clyne burst back into life on the half-hour with a searing break, and was only denied a superb try by a last-ditch Sam Christie tackle.

Despite losing all 11 of their Pro12 matches this season, Treviso were making life difficult for Edinburgh - just as they had done against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun last month - and the score at the break remained 10-6 to the home side.

Much of Edinburgh's spark was coming from Hidalgo-Clyne, and the Scotland scrum-half slotted two penalties in quick succession to re-establish a 10-point lead.

The capital side were generating no shortage of possession or promising attacking positions, and the Italians were testing the patience of referee Gary Conway by conceding a steady stream of penalties to halt the Edinburgh momentum.

Hidalgo-Clyne kicked 13 points
Scotland scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne kicked 13 points for Edinburgh

They gambled on the referee's leniency one too many times as Conway awarded a penalty try after a dominant Edinburgh scrum was collapsed close to the Treviso line. Hidalgo-Clyne added the extras to give Edinburgh a cushion at 23-6.

Heading towards a 12th straight league defeat this season, the visitors, to their credit, refused to merely roll over and accept their fate. They worked an overlap to send McLean over in the corner, and Ambrosini kicked the touchline conversion to bring Treviso back within 10 points.

The final stages were punctuated by the whistle of referee Conway as the match petered out as a spectacle, but there was one final flourish for the home side.

Hoyland crossed the line as the clock struck 80 minutes to claim Edinburgh's third try. Greig Tonks' conversion came back off the post; frustrating as a successful kick would have taken Edinburgh above Scarlets in the table.

The real frustration though will be the failure to secure a four-try bonus point their superiority perhaps deserved.


Edinburgh: Jack Cuthbert, Dougie Fife, Michael Allen, Matt Scott, Damien Hoyland, Greig Tonks, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; Rory Sutherland, Neil Cochrane, WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Alex Toolis, Mike Coman (captain), John Hardie, Cornell Du Preez.

Replacements: Stuart McInally, Allan Dell, John Andress, Jamie Ritchie, Magnus Bradbury, Sean Kennedy, Blair Kinghorn, Andries Strauss.

Benetton Treviso: Luke McLean, Andrea Pratichetti, Sam Christie, Alberto Sgarbi, Simone Ragusi, James Ambrosini, Chris Smylie; Matteo Zanusso, Roberto Santamaria, Salesi Manu, Filo Paulo, Jeff Montauriol, Marco Barbini, Alessandro Zanni (captain), Robert Barbieri.

Replacements: Ornel Gega, Cherif Traorè, Alberto De Marchi, Tom Palmer, Francesco Minto, Marco Lazzaroni, Alberto Lucchese, Enrico Bacchin.