Paterson Signs Off In Style

Chris Paterson signs off an inspirational careerLegendary full-back Chris Paterson signed off an sensational career with a try in his final match before retirement, as Edinburgh Rugby beat a stubborn Treviso side 44-21 in their last match of the season.

In what was an emotional evening, Michael Bradley's side notched up five tries, to give them their third consecutive win at home, following successes over Scarlets and Toulouse.

An early score from the club's young player of the season, David Denton, set the home side on their way, and that try was soon added to by another from captain Greig Laidlaw, who also contributed 21 points with his trusty right boot.

The Italians never lay down, and scored late on in the first half through winger Ludovica Nitoglia to keep themselves in touch at the break.

HALF-TIME: Edinburgh Rugby 23-7 Treviso

The second half was a tenser affair, with both sides tightening their rear guards after the interval.

Edinburgh Rugby managed a number of line-breaks, with through Matt Scott both looking impressive a fortnight out from Scotland summer tour selection, but the visitors" scramble defence held firm for the majority of the first quarter of the second half.

Just before the hour mark, though, Edinburgh cut loose, with impressive performances from the departing Andrew Kelly and Alan MacDonald off the bench adding to the intensity around the field.

The home side were soon awarded when Paterson latched onto a kick through to score. His five-pointer was met with a standing ovation from the 2855 crowd inside Murrayfield, which stayed on their feet long after Laidlaw's conversion was struck.

Tim Visser was next to dot down, after some fine work by captain Laidlaw allowed the try machine to run-in underneath the sticks.

The score was his 17th of the season (his biggest ever taly) and saw his end the year as the league's top scorer on 13 (one shy of his record of 14).

Laidlaw converted to give the home side clear daylight with less than 15 minutes to play.

Edoardo Gori pulled in a consolation try back for the visitors, after quick-thinking from a penalty allowed the Italy international to dive over from short-range, but it was to be Edinburgh who had the last laugh, with a try from another of the players leaving at the end of the season.

After phases of sustained pressure close to the Treviso line, replacement prop Kyle Tranyor barged his way over to round off what was a complete team performance, and give the fans one final try to cheer as the curtain was closed on the end of the 2011/12 season.


Edinburgh Rugby team: 15 Chris Paterson; 14 Tom Brown, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser; 10 Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN, 9 Chris Leck; 1 Allan Jacobsen, 2 Ross Ford, 3 Geoff Cross, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 5 Sean Cox, 6 David Denton, 7 Ross Rennie, 8 Roddy Grant. Substitutes: 16 Andrew Kelly on for Ford (66"), 17 Kyle Traynor on or Jacobsen (66"), 18 Jack Gilding on for Cross (57"), 19 Steven Turnbull on for Cox (49"), 20 Alan MacDonald on for Denton (52"), 21 Alex Black, 22 Harry Leonard on for Paterson (73"), 23 Phil Godman on for Leck (66")

Benetton Treviso: 15 Luke McLean; 14 Edoardo Gori, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia; 10 Kristopher Burton, 9 Fabio Semenzato; 1 Michele Rizzo, 2 Franco Sbaraglini CAPTAIN, 3 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, 4 Valerio Bernab_, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 6 Francesco Minto, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 8 Robert Barbieri. Substitutes: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Matteo Muccignat, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Gonzalo Padr_, 20 Marco Filippucci, 21 Simon Picone, 22 Tommaso Iannone, 23 Brendan Williams

Referee: Mark Patton (IRFU)

Man of the match: Chris Paterson

Attendance: 2855