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United Rugby Championship: Treviso falls with Connacht and says goodbye to the playoffs


Disappointment in Monigo, where Benetton Treviso is under the illusion of being able to return to success from the Christmas derby with the Zebre , but the fantastic comeback of the second half crashes against the goal of Tuimauga who gives success to Connacht and extinguishes the playoff dreams of the boys from Bortolami.

Ready, go and Treviso is surprised by Connacht’s attack, with the defense missing a tackle and Prendergast goes to the goal for 0-7 after less than a minute of play . The home team tries to react and on 9 ‘they can go to the pitch with Giacomo Da Re and score 3-7 . However, Benetton struggled in defense and threatened to suffer the second try, but was saved thanks to an error by the Irish. Too many holes that the guys from Galway find, but Benetton is saved with a couple of guest mistakes. Treviso fails and at 19 ‘gives up the green-and-white wall and it is Murray who crushes and Connacht who flies away on 3-14 .

Treviso tries to get back into the game, raises the pace ball in hand, but fails to materialize, with too many trivial errors to stop the green-and-white attacks. So Connacht returns to press in the hosts’ half, with Benetton also having many problems on their touches. Guests who close the first half in attack, try to withstand the impact Treviso and in the end the marking does not arrive and we go to the break again at 3-14.

The second half saw Benetton much more aggressive ball in hand and the hosts crush Connacht in their own half. From a touch the ball travels off in the 46th minute and finds Edoardo Padovani completely alone and the winger can crush over the line and score 10-14 . Now Treviso has definitely changed its pace, with the hosts dominating in a closed scrum and maul, but at the hour of play bad football from Padovani who wastes the chance to have a touchdown on 5 meters.

Insists, however, Treviso with Connacht too foul and yet another infraction is Prendergast to be booked and the Irish down for 10 minutes for a foul in the maul. And from the following scrum there are two more Connacht fouls, the green-and-whites insist with the pack and on the third attempt Halafihi starts and crushes for the advantage of Benetton for 17-14 . Connacht reacts and in the 76th minute yellow card to Zuliani and Treviso who closes in inferiority, crushed on the goal line and the goal of Tuimauga and Connacht arrives who comes back 17-21 . Treviso closes in attack, forced to mark, puts the Irish on the ropes, touches just outside 5 meters, again a Connacht foul with the clock now red, but does not find the mark and loses.