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Edinburgh turn on style for Duncan Hodge in rout of Treviso


Edinburgh acting head coach Duncan Hodge enjoyed a comfortable win at Murrayfield

Edinburgh acting head coach Duncan Hodge enjoyed a comfortable win at Murrayfield

Edinburgh acting head coach Duncan Hodge enjoyed a comfortable win at Murrayfield

Edinburgh handed Duncan Hodge a stylish win in his first home fixture since taking over as interim coach as they played a refreshingly open game of flowing rugby en route to a 45-10 victory over Treviso at BT Murrayfield.

Two tries by Damien Hoyland plus one apiece for Hamish Watson and Magnus Bradbury, together with three conversions from Jason Tovey, gave Edinburgh a comfortable half-time lead before two further touchdowns from Tom Brown and one from Blair Kinghorn.

For Treviso, Tommaso Allan booted a penalty and added the conversion after Marco Fuser had dotted down early in the second half.

The Scottish outfit started the evening occupying tenth spot in the Guinness PRO12 table, one place above their opponents, but by the end of an 80 minute performance that showcased the enterprise missing throughout Alan Solomons' reign, they had moved up to eighth.

However, it was not only in attack that Edinburgh looked more assured - the defensive effort against a strong, if limited, Treviso attack also suggested a side playing with renewed confidence.

They turned defence into attack to open the scoring. Treviso carried play to the edge of the home 22, but in an attempt to recycle the ball, it squirted out of the ruck and into the hands of Hoyland who sprinted the length of the field and cut inside Alberto Sgarbi to open the scoring.

Tovey converted and he again added the extras when Edinburgh claimed their second try after only seven minutes. Sean Kennedy fed Tovey who in turn passed to Watson and, two passes later, the flanker took the return and powered through two attempted tackles to touch down behind the posts.

The visitors enjoyed a spell in the ascendancy but the home defence dealt comfortably with a string of opposition attacks and it was only through a penalty by Allan after 20 minutes that Treviso opened their account.

Any suggestion that the momentum might be turning was swiftly dispelled by a third try for Edinburgh. Again it was Hoyland, who claimed the five points, taking a pass from Mike Allen before diving in at the corner.

Tovey failed with the conversion attempt but he rediscovered his range when the home side claimed the bonus point - their first of the season - after 32 minutes. Hoyland turned creator when he threw out a pass to Bradbury on the Treviso ten metre line. The flanker crashed through one tackle before racing towards the line. Although he was brought down just short of the whitewash, his momentum carried him over before Tovey's kick handed the hosts a 26-3 interval lead.

Treviso's pack had appeared to pose the biggest threat to the home defence and that proved to be the case four minutes after the restart when Fuser rumbled over from close range. Allan's conversion took the points tally into double figures.

However, Edinburgh were soon back on the attack and Brown added try number five after Tovey picked out the winger with a sublime floated pass before adding the conversion from wide on the left.

Although a raft of substitutions interrupted the game, there was time for a final flourish from Edinburgh. With the referee playing advantage, Tovey launched a towering cross kick and Brown plucked the ball out of the air before darting between two defenders for his second try, Tovey again converting.

And the home side capped a satisfying night for Hodge when Kinghorn took a scoring pass from John Hardie to bag try number seven in injury time.