Treviso president’s glee over Glasgow success

Guinness PRO12 Editor

26 Sep 2011


Benetton Treviso president Amerino Zatta was delighted at the performance of his young backs after the Italians secured their first league win on foreign soil as well as a first RaboDirect Pro12 win of the season against Glasgow on Friday night.

Franco Smith’s side came into the season with objective of picking up a first win outside Italy and achieved their goal thanks to the boot of Kris Burton.

Burton knocked over four penalties and a drop goal in response to Warriors’ fly-half Duncan Weir’s early try for a narrow 15-13 win.

And Zatta insists it is up to Treviso to follow up that result with a second consecutive win when they welcome the Scarlets to Stadio Monigo next weekend.

He said: “I appreciated the sacrifice and the win-at-all-costs attitude of the players.

“It was a Benetton team with lots of youngsters, especially in the backs with [Alberto] Chillon, [Tommaso] Iannone and [Luca] Morisi, who were well led by [Ezio] Galon and [Ludovico] Nitoglia.

“Clearly if you don’t feel the pride of playing with this jersey, you won’t be able to win away from home.”

And while Treviso have been decimated by the loss of 13 players to the Rugby World Cup, the performances of scrum-half Chillon, centre Morisi, and winger Iannone, all in their early 20s, has given hope for the future.

Zatta insists the side are delighted to have so many players away representing the national side, even if they had struggled to hit the heights of last season prior to the Glasgow success.

“As Italians we are proud that our players are being picked for the national team," he said.

“Besides the response we got from the Scottish fans made us proud. It means we are working hard.”


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