Connacht outgunned by Treviso
Pat Lam’s side fail to score a try for the first time this season as Alessandro Zanni and Luca Morisi cross for hosts
Connacht’s Paul O’Donohoe makes a break against Benetton Treviso. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho
Treviso 23 Connacht 3: Connacht’s losing streak continued in Italy where they were outgunned by Treviso without too much difficulty.
For the first time this season, the westerners failed to register a try on what was a disappointing night in the Venetian rugby outpost.
Dan Parks kicked their only points of the evening as the Benetton backed Italians outscored theirguests two tries to zero.
For Treviso, Alessandro Zanni and Luca Morisi were both touched down whilst Alberto di Bernardo and Tobias Botes kicked the rest of their points.
Connacht’s cause wasn’t helped when they lost centre Eoin Griffin just before kick-off, with Brian Murphy stepping in as an 11th-hour replacement. To make matters worse, they lost prop Ronan Loughney in the 27th minute while his replacement, Nathan White, lasted only five minutes before following him off the field.
Treviso: B Williams; L Nitoglia, M Campagnaro, A Sgarbi, C Loamanu; A Di Bernardo, E Gori; M Rizzo, E Ceccato, A De Marchi; A Pavanello (capt), M Fuser; S Favaro, A Zanni, R Barbieri. Replacements: I Fernandez Rouyet for Di Marco (27 mins), D Budd for Zanni (37-40mins), D Budd for Fuser (44 mins), T Botes for Gori (44 mins), L McLean for Di Bernardo (50 mins), Di Santo for Fernandez Rouyet (68 mins), V Bernabo for Favaro (69 mins), L Morisi for Campagnaro (77 mins)
Connacht: G Duffy; T O’Halloran, D Poolman, B Murphy, F Carr; D Parks, P O’Donohoe; R Ah You, S Henry, R Loughney; A Muldowney, C Clarke (capt); A Browne, J Heenan, G Naoupu. Replacements: N White for Loughney (27 mins), B Wilkinson for White (32 mins), K Marmion for O’Donohoe (53 mins), J Carty for Parks (53 mins), J Rael Henry for (58 mins), J Muldoon for Heenan (58 mins), M Fifita for Naoupu (66 mins)
Referee: N Hennessy (WRU)