Treviso shock errant Leinster
- 15 Apr 2018
Treviso came from behind to secure a stunning 17-15 victory against Leinster, while there were also wins for Edinburgh, Zebre, the Cardiff Blues, Munster, Ulster and Glasgow in the Pro14.
In what was expected to be a comfortable win for Conference B leaders Leinster, visitors Treviso produced a solid second-half performance to upset the home side.
Leinster drew first blood when hooker Richardt Strauss broke from the back of a driving maul to open the scoring, with flyhalf Joey Carbery adding the conversion.
The Italians hit back five minutes later when a lineout drive saw them push forward near the Leinster tryline and hooker Luca Bigli forced his way over, but flyhalf Tommy Allan missed his conversion.
Leinster struggled to break down a stubborn Treviso defence but did manage to extend their lead just before half-time as a scrum inside the Treviso 22 eventually saw wing Barry Daly go over in the corner for a 12-5 lead.
After the break, Treviso fullback Jayden Hayward got on the end of a punt from scrumhalf Tito Tebaldi before offloading to flank Federico Ruzza, who sprinted clear to score.
Minutes later, Allan took advantage of a misplaced Leinster offload, hacking the ball downfield before collecting it and going over, with his conversion giving Treviso a shock 17-12 lead.
Carbery then kicked a penalty and Leinster hopes were raised further when Tebaldi was yellow-carded for a stamp. However, the visitors held strong in the closing stages to claim just their second victory against the Irish province.
In the weekend's other matches, Edinburgh underlined their status as Pro14 title challengers with an emphatic 54-14 win against the champion Scarlets, with wing Duhan van der Merwe scoring a brace; Zebre got an entertaining 34-32 win against fellow strugglers the Dragons; the Cardiff Blues recorded a dominant 45-12 win against the Kings; a Conor Murray-inspired Munster came from behind to beat the Cheetahs 19-17; a strong first half saw Glasgow see off Connacht 30-22; while Ulster edged the Ospreys 8-0.
Round 20 results:
Leinster 15 Treviso 17
Edinburgh 54 Scarlets 14
Zebre 34 Dragons 32
Kings 12 Cardiff Blues 45
Cheetahs 17 Munster 19
Glasgow 30 Connacht 22
Ulster 8 Ospreys 0
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