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April 22, 2012

Benetton Treviso 8 - 13 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Stadio di Monigo on Sunday April 22nd 2012 | No comments

DTH van der Merwe marked his comeback with a try
DTH van der Merwe marked his comeback with a late try to give play-off chasing Glasgow Warriors four vital RaboDirect points at Treviso's Stadio di Monigo.

The Canadian wing marked his comeback from injury with the try three minutes from time as Glasgow finally saw off a spirited Treviso effort.

Glasgow retained their place in the top four and Sean Lineen's men will carry a four-point cushion into next weekend's game against Connacht.

But for long spells today it appeared as if Treviso would leave with the spoils and they took the lead after 10 minutes with a try from Brendan Williams.

Italian fly-half Kris Burton launched Tommaso Benvenuti through a gap before wing Williams beat the Glasgow cover defence to score his sixth league try of the season.

Burton missed the conversion as the heavens opened in northern Italy, prompting Glasgow to keep the ball in the forwards.

After a 20th-minute drive from Alistair Kellock, Treviso lock Corniel Van Zyl was caught offside at the ruck and Duncan Weir slotted home his first penalty for Glasgow.

Treviso scrum-half Edoardo Gori and Kellock were sin-binned for fighting after half an hour and the Italian side retained their narrow lead into the interval.

Burton then missed a drop-goal effort before Glasgow full-back Stuart Hogg launched a counter-attack, which saw Graeme Morrison go within yards of the Treviso line.

The Italians strayed offside and Weir kicked Glasgow into the lead for the first time in the game after 61 minutes.

Treviso hit back with a Burton penalty five minutes from time and it appeared as if they would close out the victory when Ruaridh Jackson missed a shot at goal.

But Van der Merwe proved Glasgow's match-winner on his return to action after recovering from the shoulder injury he suffered at the World Cup.

He cut through the Treviso defence to touch down in the 77th minute and Jackson's conversion wrapped up the narrow victory.

Sean Lineen told “It wasn’t the prettiest game by a long shot, but we stuck in really well and got the result we came for.

“It puts us in a good position in terms of qualifying for the play-offs, and we’re looking forward to seeing Firhill really busy on 5 May for what has all the ingredients to be a momentous night in the club’s history.

“It was fantastic for DTH to come back into the side and hit the ground running with a really well taken score. Credit to Henry Pyrgos for putting him away, and then to DTH for backing himself and getting the try.

“I was very impressed again by the passion and commitment the whole team displayed throughout. We didn’t produce anything like our best rugby, but we showed good maturity under pressure and won in a very difficult place.

“The support we had in the stadium was fantastic, and I’d like to thank all the fans who came across. Hopefully we can give them even more to cheer about on the 5th.”

Referee Leighton Hodges (WRU)
Ryan Grant
Pat MacArthur
Michael Cusack
Richie Gray
Alastair Kellock
Robert Harley
Chris Fusaro
John Barclay
Chris Cusiter
Duncan Weir
Colin Shaw
Graeme Morrison
Alex Dunbar
Tommy Seymour
Stuart Hogg
Finlay Gillies
Gordon Reid
Moray Low
Tom Ryder
John Beattie
Henry Pyrgos
Ruaridh Jackson
DTH van der Merwe
Match Substitutions
Off On
Michael Cusack Moray Low
Off On
Chris Cusiter Henry Pyrgos
Off On
Tommy Seymour DTH van der Merwe
Off On
Alastair Kellock Tom Ryder
Off On
Chris Fusaro John Beattie
Off On
Duncan Weir Ruaridh Jackson
Off On
John Beattie Calum Forrester
Off On
Ryan Grant Gordon Reid
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
DTH van der Merwe Try 
Ruaridh Jackson Conversion