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Damien Hoyland double helps Edinburgh beat Treviso

Published 08/01/2016

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons saw his side beat Treviso
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons saw his side beat Treviso

Edinburgh moved joint-second in the Guinness PRO12 table with an uninspiring 28-13 win which leaves Treviso rooted to the bottom of the standings and without a win away from home for 13 months.

After a blistering opening quarter of an hour that saw Edinburgh leading 10-0 thanks to a try from Damien Hoyland and the conversion and a penalty from Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, the first half fell away.

Two penalties from James Ambrosini kept Treviso in it and Edinburgh went in at half-time leading only 10-6.

From the restart a penalty from Hidalgo-Clyne followed by a penalty try converted by the Scotland international put Edinburgh into a 23-6 lead.

However they were unable to build on that or deal with the Treviso driven line-out which produced a try for Robert Barbieri - converted by Barbieri - and came very close to producing a second touch-down.

However a second try from man-of-the-match Hoyland in the final act saw Edinburgh home and move level on points with Scarlets, who play Connacht on Sunday.

On a damp Edinburgh evening Treviso, under new coach Marius Goosen, kicked off looking for their first away win since February of last year.

Edinburgh immediately went into attacking mode and, five minutes in, left winger Hoyland thought he had scored but referee Gary Conway disagreed.

However Hoyland's joy was only delayed for seven minutes before he legitimately touched down, from a clever assist by Cornell Du Preez.

Scrum-half Hidalgo-Clyne, who had opened Edinburgh's scoring between Hoyland's efforts with a penalty, kicked the conversion from touch to give his side an early 10-0 lead.

Treviso, who had seen scrum-half Chris Smylie replaced by Enrico Bacchin in just the second minute, appeared to show more interest midway through the first half.

With the penalty count being evened up, two successes by fly-half Ambrosini saw Edinburgh's lead cut back to 10-6.

The game then fell away until, as the half closed, young Hoyland, Edinburgh's liveliest man, made a long run. The pressure was continued by prop WP Nel, but as the ball was spun wide in Treviso territory the move broke down, so Edinburgh went in at the break with only a narrow lead.

Eight minutes after the restart Edinburgh's first attack, powered by a break from centre Matt Scott, ended with a penalty struck home by Hidalgo-Clyne.

The same player then sparked an Edinburgh attack by charging down a kick, prop Rory Sutherland put in a long run and, although the move was forced into touch, Hidalgo-Clyne soon kicked his third penalty.

Treviso tried to respond but the penalties were now being given against them. In the 59th minute the referee's patience broke and he awarded a penalty try converted by Hidalgo-Clyne to put Edinburgh into a 23-6 lead.

Treviso had already shown their proficiency in the driven line-out and from this source they produced a try for flanker Barbieri, converted by Ambrosini. In the process Edinburgh lock Alex Toolis was sin-binned.

In a rousing last two minutes Edinburgh scored a third, unconverted, try through Hoyland while Treviso had both Tom Palmer and Ornel Gega sin-binned.

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