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Magners League: Visitors Treviso primed after recent wins

It was a euphoric Franco Smith who took the time to issue some soundbites on New Year's Eve just after Benetton Treviso had held on to secure back-to-back wins over nearest rivals Aironi.

“What we have here is a great result,” the coach said after his side had come back from 15-6 down to win 16-15 and register their first Magners League away win, “We just had to win.

“It was a bit too hectic, but we take the positive aspects from the win and let's enjoy the victory,” added Smith (right)..

His ebullience over Treviso's first consecutive wins of the season, which doubtless assisted the squad’s mood as they welcomed in 2011, was quickly dampened down though; thanks to the trip to Ravenhill already looming large on Smith’s radar.

“We do not have much time to enjoy the moment as we're already thinking about the next game against Ulster,” Smith made sure to point out, though having seen Ulster now lose two successive league games, Treviso are probably banking on all the pressure being on the home side ahead of the crunch European game with Biarritz.

Still, as festive periods go, Treviso had every right to feel pretty contented with their lot. The form of Tommaso Benvenuti and Gonzalo Garcia in the backline, along with some handy enough work from half backs Kristopher Burton and Tobias Botes, has been beneficial.

Prior to the two derbies, Treviso had lost four on the bounce in all competitions, with their 19-9 home defeat to Ulster coming at what the Italians hope will be the end of their miserable run of form.

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