Urc, Marin thinks again: Glasgow surrenders to Treviso 19-18

The Scots remain in front for most of the match, but in the final it is again the very young number 10 to give the victory to the Lions

There could not have been a better way to stop Benetton Rugby’s streak. In fact, on the sixth day of URC the Lions defeated the Glasgow Warriors for 19-18 thanks to a time-out placed by the jewel Leonardo Marin. One almost thinks that for the number 10 of Benetton there is something personal towards the Scottish franchises, also considering the drop that, always with time expired, had allowed the green-and-whites to win the victory against Edinburgh on the second day of the championship. Marco Bortolami’s troop therefore returns to move the ranking, alongside the Warriors at 16 points, dominating the second portion of the game and deserving the success.

First half

Ready to go and it is immediately Smith who scores the first try of the match after just 35 seconds of play, recovering the ball and overcoming the Scottish defense with a kick, creating the way to score. But, contrary to what one might think, it is the guests who promptly take the match in hand, stationing in the Treviso half. Already at 7 ‘the Warriors draw, with a pick and go concluded by Jack Dempsey taking advantage of the physical advantage with the direct opponent; then it was Thompson who scored the overtaking with a placed at 19 ‘. Treviso reacts again and immediately finds the counter-overtake by a touchdown in the 5 of Glasgow followed by three phases close to the goal line, before Pettinelli enters the area. A kick from Marin extends the gap to 13-8 despite the two failed transformations, before Darge scores to which Thompson adds the two points valid for the 13-15 host. At the end of the first fraction it is still Glasgow that becomes dangerous, but the Benetton defense holds up the blow going to the interval by only two points despite the territorial domination of the guests.

Second half

Many difficulties in the static game phases for Treviso, who tries to impose his game with mixed results. At 43 ‘a yellow to captain Lamaro risks ruining the progress of the game for the green-and-whites, also thanks to the 13-18 football transformed by Thompson again. The Lions do not give up, on the contrary, even with the man less they keep the pressure in the opposing half of the field. However, the many technical and disciplinary errors compromise the amount of play created by Benetton, at least initially. Glasgow begins to lose lucidity, giving excellent chances to the hosts: Marin takes advantage of the first to bring Treviso to 16-18, but fails the second from a favorable position. A reaction of pride from the guests, the only one of the second half, threatens to close the match, but a forward on the goal line gives the Lions the last chance. Two fouls committed by the Warriors allow the green-and-whites to go up the field, the third (irregular contact in touch on Pettinelli, MVP of the day), leaves the last word to Treviso. Marin, strong in the confidence of his team mates despite previous mistakes, takes charge of the placement at the 80 ‘advanced minute, hitting the posts for the final 19-18 and making Monigo explode with joy.

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Urc, Marin thinks again: Glasgow surrenders to Treviso 19-18

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