Winning bonus for Edinburgh and Glasgow as they do job on Italians

Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors enjoyed bonus-point wins over Treviso and Zebre, at home and away respectively, on the weekend to cap off the first six rounds of the Guinness PRO12 before heading into Europe.

Edinburgh Rugby v Benetton Treviso

The capital men earned their first bonus-point win of the season with an emphatic 45-10 win over Treviso at BT Murrayfield recording seven tries in Duncan Hodge’s first home game in charge.

Wings Damien Hoyland and Tom Brown both bagged a brace; back-rows Magnus Bradbury and Hamish Watson crossed the whitewash, before young full-back Blair Kinghorn closed his side’s scoring account with a try on 80 minutes.

Man of the match stand-off Jason Tovey [pictured] successfully converted five of the seven tries, to complement a wonderful playmaking display in the open field that saw the try-bonus secured in the first half.

Hodge said: “I’m delighted for the players, as it’s been a tough five or six weeks – they’ve not stopped working hard.

“The biggest thing tonight was the attitude, especially with the defence in the last ten minutes and scoring that try at the end, which was a great team try.

“Tonight there were a lot of mistakes, but – in terms of our effort and desire and our willingness to try and find space and be positive when we had the ball – there was a lot of good stuff.

We owed people a performance, and I think the players, myself and the coaches felt the weight of expectation, so it’s nice to reward a bit of hard-work and the fans who have come to watch us.”

Edinburgh Rugby 45-10 Benetton Treviso

Glasgow Warriors v Zebre

Glasgow Warriors saw off a spirited Zebre comeback in Parma, doing enough to return to Scotstoun with the bonus-point win.

A brace from club and country centurion Sean Lamont, plus tries from Fraser Brown and Leonardo Sarto, was enough to pip the Italian side, who threatened to take the spoils late on.

It was the hosts who started the game with the most intensity and they were in the lead after just 90 seconds. Italian internationalist Carlo Canna converting a penalty after Glasgow were offside.

Lee Jones hurtled down the left wing and it took three Zebre defenders to haul him down five meters short. Sean Lamont was close behind and he collected the ball to dive over and give Glasgow the lead.

With Clegg’s conversion just fading wide Warriors led 3-5 and the game settled as both sides found their rhythm.

Canna put the hosts ahead with 15 minutes gone with another clinical penalty and at 6-5 Leonardo Sarto was reintroduced to his former fans perhaps earlier than he expected as he replaced Lee Jones who had picked up knock to his knee.

Clegg opened his points account with two penalties in close succession just before the half hour as the Warriors began to apply some pressure and at 6-11 it looked as if Glasgow would kick on.

Spotting a gap and stepping his man centre Nick Grigg [pictured] looked as if his dynamism was surely going to take him all the way to the try-line but a desperate tackle pulled him down just short.

However Glasgow recycled well and the ball made its way through the hands to Fraser Brown who dotted down in the far corner.

Clegg’s conversion sailed over on the stroke of half-time meaning Glasgow went into the break with a 11-18 lead.

Grigg was at it again after the interval and again darted through the Zebre defence. This time his offload found Sean Lamont who ran in for his second of the night and 30th of his Warriors career.

The bonus-point try followed shortly after. Grigg the provider once more making the most of a broken field and his flat pass released Sarto who showed good pace to score his first competitive try for the Warriors against his old club.

Ahead 11-30 Glasgow rung the changes which included BT Sport Academy lock Callum Hunter-Hill making his Warriors debut.

Refusing to roll over Zebre hit back at the double as their intensity mountedmaking for a nervy final five minutes for Glasgow. However calm heads earned them a penalty and Rory Clegg put the result to bed with one minute to play.

A last gasp penalty to Zebre earned them the bonus point their performance merited.

Head Coach Gregor Townsend said: “We know that Zebre could have won that, we were really tested but we’ve got to look at the things we did well and we’re happy to come away with five points.

“It was a loose game from both teams, we try our best to to look after the ball and defend well but we didn’t do it consistently enough today.

Zebre played well, they wanted to move the ball It was far from perfect and far from our best performance but it was a bonus point win.”

Zebre 28-33 Glasgow Warriors