Pro12: Treviso 27-11 Newport Gwent Dragons

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Pro12 highlights: Treviso 27-11 Dragons
Guinness Pro12
Treviso (10) 27
Tries: Benvenuti , Paulo, Fuser Cons: Allan 3 Pens: Allan 2
Dragons (8) 11
Try: Landman Pens: O'Brien

Treviso scored three tries to earn their first win of the season and condemn Newport Gwent Dragons to a third defeat from four Pro12 games.

A Tommaso Allan penalty was followed by centre Tommaso Benvenuti going under the posts, fly-half Allan converting.

Rynard Landman struck back for the Dragons and Angus O'Brien added a penalty, but the Welsh side lost their try-scorer at the break.

Filo Paulo and Marco Fuser crossed for the Italians after the break.

The hosts thwarted centre Adam Warren's early break, then went ahead as Allan kicked the game's opening points.

Alberto Sgarbi is tackled by Luc Jones of Newport Gwent Dragons
Alberto Sgarbi is tackled by Luc Jones of Newport Gwent Dragons

Having been hammered 64-10 at Ospreys in the previous round, Treviso were determined to make amends in front of their own fans.

Benvenuti's try underlined that intent and although South African lock Landman gave the visitors hope and O'Brien brought them within two points at the break, the Dragons were unable to trouble Treviso's tryline again.

Former Cardiff Blues lock Paulo crossed at a corner flag, Allan converting before exchanging penalties with O'Brien.

The Dragons' hopes of a late comeback ended with a 79th-minute touchdown for Paulo's second-row partner Fuser, again converted by Allan.

Alberto Sgarbi celebrates one of Treviso's tries, awarded by referee John Lacey
Alberto Sgarbi celebrates one of Treviso's tries, awarded by Irish referee John Lacey

Dragons boss Kingsley Jones told BBC Wales: "Fair play to Treviso. They didn't do too much flash. They played very smartly, played in the right areas.

"But ultimately it came down really to us failing to kick accurately.

"We forced things in the end. We were really trying to get back, trying to get the bonus point and credit to the players for that effort.

"But we were a little bit naïve because we allowed another try really, for Treviso."

Treviso: Jayden Hayward; Angelo Esposito, Tommaso Benvenuti, Alberto Sgarbi (capt), Luke McLean; Thomas Allan, Giorgio Bronzini; Nicola Quaglio, Ornel Gega, Simone Ferrari, Marco Fuser, Filo Paulo, Francesco Minto, Marco Lazzaroni, Dean Budd.

Replacements: Luke Bigi, Alberto De Marchi, Cherif Traore, Filippo Gerosa, Abraham Steyn, Tito Tebaldi, Ian McKinley, David Odiete

Dragons: Carl Meyer; Ashton Hewitt, Tyler Morgan, Adam Warren, Hallam Amos (capt); Angus O'Brien, Charlie Davies; Sam Hobbs, Rhys Buckley, Lloyd Fairbrother, Cory Hill, Rynard Landman, James Thomas, Nic Cudd, Ed Jackson.

Replacements: Thomas Rhys Thomas, Thomas Davies, Craig Mitchell, Matthew Screech, Harri Keddie, Luc Jones, Sam Beard, Geraint Rhys Jones.

Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)

Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher (IRFU), Filippo Bertelli (FIR)

Citing commissioner: Achille Reali (FIR)

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