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Treviso end their losing run of form

RUGBY: Benetton Treviso ended their wait for a first victory of the season in any competition by winning the all-Italian Guinness Pro 12 battle with Zebre.

Treviso emerged 26-16 winners at Zebre's Stadio XXV Aprile home after previously failing to score in more than 160 minutes of rugby.

Tries from Henry Seniloli and Francesco Minto in either half, as well as 16 points from the boot of Jayden Hayward, secured Treviso their maiden victory of the campaign and took them to within one point of Zebre in the Pro 12 table.

Zebre had dominated the early stages for winger Giovanbattista Venditti to cross after only four minutes and Kelly Haimona converted.

Hayward and Haimona exchanged two penalties apiece before scrum-half Seniloli's 29th-minute converted try levelled matters.

Treviso led 16-13 at the break following Hayward's third successful kick but Haimona again levelled before Zebre were reduced to 14 men when back rower Dries van Schalkwyk was yellow carded.

The game became 14-a-side when Treviso winger Simone Ragusi was sent to the sin bin on 56 minutes and Hayward and Haimona showed their kicking prowess once more before flanker Minto's 73rd-minute try provided the visitors with precious breathing space.

Reyes edges out Painter

DARTS: Cristo Reyes became just the second Preliminary Round winner to make the last 16 of the William Hill World Darts Championship as he came from 3-1 down to beat former finalist Kevin Painter 4-3 in a dramatic second round clash, while Kim Huybrechts won a ding-dong battle with Ian White 4-3.

After coming through a field of 154 players in the Iberian Qualifier, Reyes won his preliminary match at Alexandra Palace before surprising number 13 seed Wes Newton in the first round on the opening night of the tournament.

He looked a long way from causing another upset as Painter moved 3-1 in front, but Reyes showed his nerve by winning the next two legs 3-2, before dominating the deciding leg to take it 3-0 and earn a shock win and a third round clash with Gary Anderson.


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