Coach Marius Goosen dedicated Treviso’s win over the Ospreys to head coach Kieran Crowley, whose father passed away over the weekend.
Crowley flew home to New Zealand to be with his family before the Ospreys’ game in Italy with Goosen overseeing Treviso’s third Guinness PRO12 win of the season.
The win moves the Italian side six points clear of rivals Zebre as they look to earn qualification for the European Champions Cup having missed out this year.
“Above all I want to dedicate this win to our head coach Kieran Crowley, who sadly lost his father,” said Goosen.
“Our thoughts are with him and his family in this difficult time.”
On the pitch, Alberto Sgarbi forced his way over from close range after 18 minutes with Tito Tebaldi and Ian McKinley knocking over vital second-half penalties.
Keelan Giles scored Ospreys’ only points of the evening with the final play of the first half but the visitors were unable to breakdown the stubborn Italian defence again in the second half.
And Goosen paid tribute to the work ethic of his entire squad which was epitomised by second row Marco Lazzaroni’s try-saving tackle in the second half on former Treviso scrum-half Brendon Leonard.
“As far as the game is concerned, all credit to the guys who gave everything on the pitch,” he added.
“This week we worked really well and saw improvements following the Ulster game which gave us some confidence.
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“The tackle by Lazzaroni in the 70th minute after racing back 60 metres to catch his opponent is proof of our spirit.
“This performance shows that when we play like that, we can be competitive against any team.”
Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy saw his side suffer their first defeat to Italian opposition since May 2014 but credited the Treviso performance.
He said: “We were beaten in all facets of the game. At set-piece, physically they dominated us.
“Credit to Treviso, they were outstanding whereas we, I thought, were disastrous for large parts, making things really difficult for ourselves.
“They are a physical team and we’ve come unstuck here in the past so we knew how tough it could be here.
“We spoke before coming out here that we didn’t want to give Treviso anything to feed off but we haven’t controlled the field, we’ve let them keep coming at us and we haven’t taken our opportunities.”
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