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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Treviso upset Scarlets in opening Magners League weekend

The newly structured Magners League kicked off this weekend as Italian sides made their debut and Benetton Treviso picked up an upset win as they beat Scarlets 34-28 at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo.

The Welsh side rested a few big names for the trip across, and despite leading 22-9 at halftime, succumbed to a historic performance from the Celtic League new boys.

They racked up 18 unanswered points at the start of the second half, turning the game in their favour, and which surprised Scarlets captain Rob McCusker.

"We planned for all hands on deck, getting bombarded from all angles from the word go, but it didn’t happen in the first half. They came out in the second half with more of what we expected, but the game should have been out of sight by then. We could have had a bonus point by half-time," he said.

Coach Nigel Davies was criticised for not playing his more senior players, but he denied that that was the reason for the loss.

"Unfortunately people will probably say we lost because we didn’t play the experienced players, but it’s not the case. Rhys Priestland is as good as anyone at the moment and we’ve seen that against Treviso," said Davies.

"The team selected were good enough to win the game – if they played well. We played well in the first half, we didn’t in the second half," he added.

This clip is of one of Treviso’s best tries of the match, scored by Ezio Galon. They’ve shown they’re not going to be the whipping boys in their first season.

Elsewhere though, other Italian side Aironi went down 33-17 to Munster.

Do you think the Italian team’s being included in this season’s Magners League will add another much needed dimension to the tournament, or did you prefer it before? Scarlets fans aren't allowed to comment

Time: 0:29



  • Nice try :)

    Good upset and great for Italian rugby. I heard there were loads a few thousand watching, in a small town.

    By Anonymous Laz, at September 07, 2010 5:40 pm  

  • great set play, adding italian teams to the magners league is going to improve italys overall rugby, most likely going to become more competitive in the 6 nations. with scotland improving every year and italy now having a place where their players can play against the best in the NH, 6 nations is gonna be pretty competitive in a year or two

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2010 5:41 pm  

  • This inclusion is good for the Magners League because these new teams are as good as several others already in.
    It's also good for Italy because it's gonna help close the gap between top Italy players (Parisse, Bergamasco, Canale...) who have played in Top 14 for a while, and the more average players, who get to play now in Magners.
    Forza Italia!

    By Anonymous Antonio, at September 07, 2010 5:48 pm  

  • Hopefully the introduction of italian teams in major leagues will help bring back the big players who are all playing abroad which will improve the overall performance of Italian Rugby.

    Any chance of seeing the rest of the highlights?

    By Anonymous samitarugby, at September 07, 2010 5:58 pm  

  • Please.... we want to see the rest of the highlights. thanks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2010 6:04 pm  

  • I am a Scarlets fan, and I do think its great to expand the league. I'd like to see it expanded further....get some Spanish clubs, German/Central clubs, and Eastern/Romania clubs involved. Could be the spark to really help professionalize the sport in some places. It's no secret the the Magners League is a "little brother" to the Aviva and the Top 14, but doesn't mean its not competitive or can't be professional.

    By Anonymous ScarletsInUSA, at September 07, 2010 8:13 pm  

  • Yeesh, where did all of those Treviso players in the back line come from? It looked like their whole bench was on the field for that try. Great set play on their part.

    By Blogger Bobby Nations, at September 07, 2010 9:42 pm  

  • get russian, georgian, romanian clubs involved

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2010 9:58 pm  

  • Great try. Hopefully this will get more italians to play fot Italy, aka "Rest of the world".

    By Anonymous Joost, at September 07, 2010 10:16 pm  

  • More Magners Highlights please RD! The Magners sees some awesome tries and a few more should be featured on this awesome site.

    The opening weekend saw some great rugby, upsets and tries!
    The Scarlet's tries from this game were pretty tidy also.

    I think the Magners is starting to develop into a great league with the introduction of play-offs, and the unique multiple country formant.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2010 10:26 pm  

  • cracking try.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at September 07, 2010 11:08 pm  

  • @anon absolutely unique multiple country format. I'm sure the world has never seen such a concept before.

    By Anonymous Sharkasm, at September 07, 2010 11:16 pm  

  • ScarletsInUSA why would u want to have romanian teamms in magners?

    I think that having italian teams come in will only weaken the magners as we already have to put up with watching connauht and the dragons and indeed the scarlets. really who gives a shit about Italy they suck ass apart from parisse


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2010 11:18 pm  

  • shut up stuart, forward thinkers make the world go round unfortunately for you

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2010 12:14 am  

  • Stuart, you are an idiot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2010 4:27 am  

  • Hey Stuart , come to Galway and see what Connacht put on the pitch before shooting your mouth off. Oh, I forgot, trolls dont like to travel...

    By Anonymous ConnachtFan, at September 08, 2010 10:19 am  

  • @stuart

    I'm Italian and i'm used to hear words like yours about Italian teams or Italian players. So I'm not surprised, really....but I'm convinced Treviso and Aironi will surprise you this season. Trying to compete with teams like Muntser or Ospreys is not easy, but I'm sure both italian tems will demonstrate to deserve to be playing in this championship.
    I'm more surprised you desrespect teams like connacht or scarlets and dragons. Maybe you would like to see a 2-3 teams league....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2010 11:20 am  

  • @ stuart: You're the usual anglosaxon asshole...are you upset since, finally, the Italians are fucking your ass??well buddy...get used to that!!MORON!!!o meglio, se la vuoi detta in italiano, brutto stronzo...FOTTITI!!!e impara a mangiare merda da oggi in poi!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2010 12:45 pm  

  • "@anon absolutely unique multiple country format. I'm sure the world has never seen such a concept before."

    Care to reveal another league that is currently competed for by more than one country's clubs/regions/franchises/etc?

    And please, do quote me correctly.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2010 1:06 pm  

  • '"@anon absolutely unique multiple country format. I'm sure the world has never seen such a concept before."

    Care to reveal another league that is currently competed for by more than one country's clubs/regions/franchises/etc?

    And please, do quote me correctly.'

    Do we really need to?

    By Anonymous Nick, at September 08, 2010 1:11 pm  

  • *Breath in*

    I think including the Italians this year is going to be good for the national team. But not for the domestic league.

    It's a shame because it's going to watch local (not regional teams) that sparks the most inspiration, especially with the history involved with a lot of teams.

    I'd hope that, whilst adding the italians in now proves a good platform to get italy's top players back into italy, the Super 10 is encouraged to develop into a fully professional domestic league again...

    I think it's important to have local teams playing top flight rugby. Otherwise u restrict the areas in which people are going to watch games...

    ie no one from rome is going to travel to treviso just to watch professional rugby. they want to support their own team surely?

    I sometimes feel rugby unions have been to impatient with the commercial side of the game.

    The Currie Cup and NPC should both be top level competitions. and why not either? they are amazing competitions, with loads of passion and rivalries. And the only reason crowds would ever dwindle at those games is if national players are kept out of it all the time...

    There's no reason why a super cup like the Hcup couldn't be formed in order to provide a higher level of competition to players and spectators but domestically leagues become popular through identity not franchising, and a lot of what makes domestic leagues so popular is being squeezed out in favour of commercial success.

    *breath out*

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2010 2:25 pm  

  • "Care to reveal another league that is currently competed for by more than one country's clubs/regions/franchises/etc?

    And please, do quote me correctly."

    Heineken Cup, Super 15, Amlin Challenge Cup etc

    By Blogger RedYeti, at September 09, 2010 3:55 am  

  • Stuart,
    Get used to it...Italian rugby is not just Parisse.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 10, 2010 1:06 am  

  • I'm from Teviso and a big rugby fan. I was, obviously, at the stadium and felt probabily one of the greatest emotions in my life... Great match and great victory! Forza Treviso!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 11, 2010 12:08 pm  

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