Treviso denied a point at the end

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Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Nikola Matawalu scored the only try of the match as in-form Glasgow claimed a hard-fought 17-9 Guinness PRO12 victory over Treviso.

Peter Horne missed the conversion but kicked four penalties as the Warriors consolidated second place in the overall standings with a result against the winless Italians.

Jayden Hayward kept Treviso in the match with three penalties but it was not enough, as Horne’s fourth kick robbed them of a losing bonus point.

In a game that turned into a stodgy battle in sodden conditions, Glasgow scored an early spectacular try as the ball passed through several hands before scrum-half Matawalu touched down with a flourish.

Glasgow stand-off Horne was unable to add the extras but matched Hayward from the penalty tee as the home side lead 11-6 at the break.

For dogged but limited Treviso, who had replacement prop Albert Anae red-carded in the second half, full-back Hayward scored a third penalty in the 53rd minute which cut Glasgow’s lead to just 11-9, but two further efforts from Horne gave the Warriors a deserved win.

Glasgow displayed their trade mark off-loading from the kick-off until right-winger Lee Jones was put into touch, however they were subsequently penalised and the game settled in midfield.

Glasgow’s stand-off Horne did miss a long penalty in the sixth minute but the crowd came alive in the 20th as the hosts scored a superb try.

Full back Peter Murchie was at the beginning of the move and handed the scoring pass to scrum-half Matawalu, who cut back against the grain for the touchdown that Horne was unable to convert from far out left.

However Horne kicked a straightforward penalty in the 25th minute, only for Treviso full-back Hayward to pull back three points after Glasgow lost the ball on their 22.

Horne kicked his second penalty after Glasgow had camped in the visitors’ 22 following a Matawalu break from a tap penalty, with Treviso centre Michele Campagnaro sin-binned by referee Ian Davies for the final offence.

Matawalu turned villain a minute from the break when he inflicted a high tackle on Treviso winger Ludovico Nitoglia, with Hayward again kicking the penalty.

As conditions worsened, Horne missed a long penalty eight minutes into the second half.

However soon after Hayward succeeded with an effort five metres into the home half to cut Glasgow’s lead to two points.

With kicking from hand largely ineffective, the spectacle had gone out of the game.

In the 59th minute Hayward missed a penalty chance to put his side ahead after Leone Nakarawa had been penalised for handling in a ruck.

Seven minutes later Horne reopened the gap with a successful penalty from wide on the left and with 10 minutes to go, Treviso were reduced permanently to 14 men.

Referee Davies showed the red card to replacement prop Anae, who had been involved in an off-the-ball incident with Matawalu.

This allowed Glasgow to settle on the attack and with two minutes left Horne’s fourth penalty success deprived Treviso of what would have been their second point of the season.

Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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