Peter Horne kicked 12 points as an under-strength Glasgow stuttered to a 17-9 win over 14-man Treviso at Scotstoun last night. The win, characterised by handling errors and tricky wet conditions ensured the Warriors maintain their 2nd place in the Guinness Pro12 standings.
While neither side could find any sort of momentum, Glasgow did dominate at the set piece. The scrum in particular was the source of countless penalties for the home side, with Horne using his – at times wayward off the tee – boot to secure the win.
Treviso rarely looked like scoring a try but did close to with two points due to Glasgow indiscipline. Jayden Hayward bagged three penalties, but Glasgow’s superb defence ensured they would not cross the whitewash.
Unlike the home side, who through a piece of brilliance from backs and forwards alike went coast to coast, with scrum half Niko Matawalu sprinting over for the match’s only try after 20 minutes.
Hayward’s long kick down field found DTH van der Merwe who combined with full back Peter Murchie to break through the first attempted tackle. The ball then found Captain Josh Strauss who also made significant ground before feeding Leone Nakarawa. Murchie then drew the last defender to send Matawalu – who darted back on a sublime angle – to dive over in the corner.
Horne missed the subsequent penalty and the score remained 5-0 after a try that merited 10 points. With the rain over Scotstoun getting heavier, the quality of play deteriorated in equal measure.
After Horne increased the lead to 8-0, Treviso fought back through the boot of Jayden Hayward. The full back gave his side their first points with a penalty from far out.
Utterly dominant in the scrum, Glasgow had looked to utilise their set piece more effectively. But Treviso’s indiscipline ensured that no such progress could be rewarded with a try. It did however cost the visitors a player for 10 minutes. Centre Michele Campanaro was sin binned after repeated infringements close to the line.
Horne’s 35th minute penalty extended the Glasgow lead to 11-3 but this was cancelled out two minutes later when Matawalu was penalised for a high tackle.
After trailing 11-6 at the half-time break, it was Treviso who came out of the blocks in the second half looking the stronger side. Glasgow were now looking vulnerable in defence and short of attacking ideas.
More indiscipline from the home side allowed Hayward to reduce the deficit to just the solitary point after 60 minutes; the Scotstoun crowd feeling the pressure got behind their side.
The pressure was relieved after 65 minutes when Treviso infringed in their own 22. Up to that point, Glasgow had found more impetus in attack, and through winger DTH van der Merwe, made significant ground on the blindside. The visitors then conceded a penalty for collapsing the scum; Horne slotted the vital three points as the game entered the final 15 minutes.
The final ten minutes were largely subdued after Treviso prop Albert Aene was shown a red card for an off the ball incident in which he appeared to strike opposite number Ryan Grant. Horne kicked his fourth and final penalty five minutes from the end to put the result beyond doubt.