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Connacht 13 – 15 Treviso, The Sportsground, 7.30pm
Live score commentary
Treviso have now won three times on the road this season while its eight straight defeats for Connacht. Such a promising season is now falling apart at the seams and who knows where Connacht will pick up points as they face Munster at home and then Leinster away next in the RaboDirectPRO 12.
80min Ball kicked away. Game over. Treviso win 13-15. Connacht needed that win. Referee and touch judges made some horrendous decisions and two freak tries from Treviso early in first half put the home side under undue pressure, something which, they just could not get back.
80min 80 minutes are up. Scrum to Connacht.
79min Penalty Connacht. O ‘ Connor just about makes touch but its very deep in Treviso 22’. Last chance saloon here.clock says 30 seconds left.
78min Treviso slowing ball again. This could be it until the final whistle.
76min Yet another knock on from Connacht after a super break form Muldoon, his off-load was knocked on. They’re going to have to think about a dropped goal here.
75min Treviso somehow win a ruck and run the ball out of their 22′
73min The Italians try to slow the ball down but Connacht win a scrum on Treviso 22′.
71min Connacht knock on. Scrum to Treviso. Referee stops watch for injuries. The injured Michael Swift is replace by Mick Kearney.
69min Connacht going through the phases here. Picking and driving. Patience is the key.
66min He pops it over. Lead down to two!
65min Oh referee. Gives connacht a penalty as Muldoon looked liked he had crossed. O ‘ Connor for a shot at the posts.
64min Frank Murphy knocks on. Scrum to Treviso. Still five meters out.
63min Rodney Ah You held up at the line. Scrum to Connacht five meters out. Only a matter of time before they cross the whitewash.
61min Long kicks from Duffy and O ‘Connor causing all sorts of problems. Line-out to Connacht deep in Treviso 22’. Crowd really getting behind the team now.
59min A let off for Treviso there. A HUGE kick from O’ Connor wasn’t dealt with and Connacht would have had a scrum five meters out but for John Muldoon to be ahead of the kicker and deemed off-side. Treviso now on connacht lne with a line-out.
57min O’ Connor finally kicks a penalty. Treviso lead cut to five.
56minThe Italians are flirting with the yellow card again, deliberately going off-side as Connacht continue to probe. All this territory in Terviso 22′ has to pay off soon. Still eight points adrift.
55min Another O ‘Connor up and under causes problems in defense and Tiernan O ‘Halloran could have been in for a try but a knock is the outcome. Scrum to Connacht five meters out.
53min The officials here need to get the finger out. A clear ball out on the full, missed, as Rodney Ah You comes on for Ronan Loughney
52min A Connacht scrum right in front of Treviso posts is wasted.
50min Another howler from touch judge. Connacht player clearly not out but they rob Treviso line-out.
49min He misses kick number two. Connacht really needed that.
48min A good passage of play from Connacht results in a knock on. However Treviso waste the advantage and are penalised for holding on. O’ Connor to have a shot at goal and with a very strong wind behind him, he should score.
45min A Treviso penalty gives them territory. But Connacht rob their line-out!
44min Poor clearance kick from De Waal. Connacht Line-out outside Treviso 22. Good early pressure from the Irish side.
43min Intelligent kick from O’ Connor lands Connacht deep in Treviso 22′. Line out Italians.
42min An early scrum for connacht inside Treviso half
Second-half underway with De Waal kicking off
Half-time Well what a half, the referee getting booed off the pitch and rightly so. He and his linesmen have missed so much. Connacht have a lot to do but have the wind, the rain and a vocal crowd behind them in the second half. Attendance: 3,641
40min Scrum down outside Connacht 22′. Like before, constantly being re-set.
40min Touch-judge has just missed a knock-on at a ruck from Treviso. He was less than a meter away. Beggers belief here.
36min Pressure once more from Connacht. Ah, Penalty for holding on. Treviso clear their lines. I spoke too soon its brought back for going over the end line. Scrum to Connacht outside Treviso 22′
31min TRY for Connacht. It was coming. Dave Mc Sharry cut through the Treviso defence from a back move. O’ Connor adds the extras. Game on!
30min Connacht are deep in the 22′. Penalty, going for the corner. I feel a maul coming here.
29min Pressure from Connacht. Line-out outside Treviso 22′.
27min Great play from Connacht. Binning for Treviso. Ref finally grew a pair. Scrum-half Fabio Semenzato gone.
25min Connacht need a score and badly.
22min Bizarrre goings on here. Duffy was letting the ball head out to touch but winger Tommaso Iannone seemed to knock on which the ref didn’t see and kicked his way to a try! De Wall missed the conversion.
20min Connacht successfully defend a line-out on their line. But not for the first time this season the referee is missing obvious infringes by the opposition.
17min Numerous scrum re-sets going on here now.
14min TRY: Treviso scored by Ludovico Nitoglia. De Waal adds the conversion. a two on one saw the full-back easily slip in under the posts.
13min It’s all gone a bit sloppy here from Connacht. Scrum to Treviso inside Connacht half.
11min He slots it home 3-0 to Treviso here
10minConnacht off-side. De Waal with a shot at goal.
9min Treviso have hacked the ball down field. Lineout inside Connacht 22′
8min Another scrum for knock-on to Connacht. This time in front of posts. Good chance here to get an early try.
7minO’ Connor’s deft kick is taken by Duffy, hes tackled but no support. Scrum inside Treviso 22′ near the Main stand side.
6min Connacht still throwing the ball about
4min He misses ball still in play3minpenalty to Connacht for holding on. O’ Connor for a shot at goal.
3minTerrible conditions out there but Connacht putting the ball through hands here inside Treviso half.
1min scrum to connacht inside Treviso half
0minAnd Niall o’ Connor gets us underway, Connacht in their away strip of black and green and Treviso in green and white hoops. the powerful wind with the Italians.
It’s been a terrible day weather wise in Galway but kick-off is 40mins away so stay tuned and hopefully, despite the ‘sideways’ mist, a good game of rugby is in store
Connacht: Gavin Duffy (capt); Mark McCrea, Kyle Tonetti, Dave McSharry, Tiernan O’Halloran; Niall O’Connor, Frank Murphy; Brett Wilkinson, Ethienne Reynecke, Ronan Loughney; Michael Swift, George Naoupu; Dave Gannon, John Muldoon, Ray Ofisa.
Replacements: Adrian Flavin, Dennis Buckley, Rodney Ah You, Mick Kearney, Eoghan Grace, Paul O’Donohoe, Matthew Jarvis, Fetu’u Vainikolo
Benetton Treviso: Ludovico Nitoglia; Tommaso Iannone, Ezio Galon, Andrea Pratichetti, Brendan Williams; Willem De Waal, Fabio Semenzato; Michele Rizzo (captain), Franco Sbaraglini, Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet; Francesco Minto, Benjamin Vermaak; Manoa Vosawai, Paul Derbyshire, Marco Filippucci
Replacements: Diego Vidal, Matteo Muccignat, Lorenzo Cittadini, Corniel Van Zyl, Valerio Bernabo, Gonzalo Padro, Edoardo Gori, Kristopher Burton