Ospreys 38-17 Benetton Treviso
Ospreys survived a second half Treviso comeback to earn a bonus point 38-17 victory in their Heineken Cup opener
Dan Biggar's trusted boot gave Ospreys the early breathing space they needed, as his hat-trick of penalties arrived only 15 minutes into the game. Kris Burton kicked a penalty of his own just minutes before Eli Walker produced the first talking point of the game, evading four tackles as he ran inside from his wing to dot down next to the posts for the game's first try. Both sides were reduced to 14 men as the Ospreys' Adam Jones and Treviso captain Antonio Pavanello were yellow carded for swapping punches, while the Italians were reduced even further with the sin-binning of Manoa Vosawai on his return to the side after a shoulder injury. At 16-3 up on the half-time whistle, Ospreys took the game to Treviso with their second try five minutes into the second period. Hanno Dirksen went over in the corner, and with Biggar's second conversion of the night, Treviso were staring at a 23-3 deficit. But that galvanised the Italians, as they came back with two tries; Vosawai making amends for his earlier indiscretion, before Luke McLean scored his first Heineken Cup try. Both scores were converted by Burton, so with only a six point advantage going into the final phase of the game, Ospreys had to pull something out the bag. A fourth Biggar penalty eased the pressure, and with Simone Favaro seeing yellow on 70 minutes, Dirksen added his second try of the night, walking the ball over the line, before Ashley Beck secured a winning bonus point on the last play of the game.