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- Guinness PRO12
- 31st Mar 2012
- KO 18:30
- Ground: Liberty Stadium, Swansea
- Att: 7,540
Ospreys crush Treviso
Biggar's 16-point haul helps Welsh side to victory
The Ospreys moved back into the RaboDirect PRO12 play-off places with a 41-10 win over Treviso at the Liberty Stadium.
A try double from Ashley Beck plus a further score from prop Paul James helped the hosts to a 27-3 lead shortly after the interval.
Treviso, for whom Kris Burton kicked a first-half penalty, replied with a Ludovico Nitoglia try but the Ospreys completed the scoring with Joe Bearman and replacement Tom Isaacs adding further tries as fly-half Dan Biggar finished with 16 points.
The hosts, buoyed by a superb win in Leinster last week and the return to the side of wing Shane Williams for his first game since January, started with plenty of tempo in their play.
Biggar and Burton exchanged early penalties before the Ospreys grabbed the first try.
The fly-half launched an up-and-under and did brilliantly to reclaim the ball in the air before swivelling to find Hanno Dirksen, who in turn passed inside for Beck to canter over for a converted score.
Another Biggar penalty rapidly followed and the Ospreys registered their second try before the half-hour mark through prop James.
It was his front-row colleague Adam Jones who set up the score, as the tighthead wriggled through a tackle on the edge of the Treviso 22 before passing to James when he perhaps could have scored himself.
James rumbled his way over for the score to be awarded by video referee Tony Rowlands, despite appearing to lose the ball as he was rolled over in Alberto Sgarbi's last-ditch tackle, for a 20-3 interval lead.
The Ospreys were again over the line just two minutes into the second half. Williams' chip ahead turned the Treviso defence, and when the ball was turned over the winger moved it wide for Andrew Bishop to put Beck in for his second try of the night, again converted by Biggar.
Having spent almost the entire evening on the back foot Treviso then produced the try of the game as scrum-half Edoardo Gori capitalised on turnover ball to launch a thrilling attack from their own 22.
The Italy international weaved in and out of tackles to take play to the other end of the field where a wide pass from replacement Luke McLean saw Nitoglia cut inside some weak tackling for a try converted by fly-half Alberto Di Bernardo.
The Ospreys were being frustrated in their efforts to find a bonus-point clinching fourth try, and those frustrations increased when Treviso wing Tommaso Benvenuti's cynical knock on prevented a score in the corner.
The Italy cap saw yellow for his trouble and the Ospreys decision to take a scrum paid off as they marched Treviso over their own line for Bearman to dot down for another converted score, giving the Ospreys their first winning bonus point in the league this season.
The fifth try came seconds later as Williams, Beck and replacement Isaacs linked beautifully down the left flank for the latter to cross in the corner, with Biggar keeping his 100 per cent record with the boot intact by landing the touchline extras.Rugby Union Specials. Click here to bet.
Guinness PRO12 Table
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Dragons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ulster|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Connacht|
|TBC||Leinster vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Munster|
|17:15||Glasgow vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 28th February|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Zebre 16 - 26 Treviso|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Ospreys 17 - 15 Scarlets|
|Glasgow Warriors 16 - 6 Edinburgh|
|Friday 26th December|
|Ulster 13 - 10 Connacht|
|Munster 28 - 13 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 17 - 23 Dragons|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Dragons 25 - 11 Zebre|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
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