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Smith desperate to turn narrow losses into wins

Guinness PRO12 Editor

19 Dec 2012

Benetton Treviso coach Franco Smith has urged his players to learn from their narrow defeat to Leicester Tigers ahead of a RaboDirect PRO12 derby.

Treviso will face fellow Italian side Zebre this weekend, having slipped to a late 14-13 defeat at home to the Tigers after a last-minute penalty try conceded at the Stadio Monigo.

That was their third defeat by a single point this season, having also fallen at home to Leinster and Ulster in the RaboDirect PRO12.

On Saturday they will travel to Parma to take on a Zebre side still searching for their first win of the season, and Smith is adamant lessons must be learnt – particularly when it comes to relieving pressure.

He said: “It happens too often, losing by a point against well-known teams. It’s another regret for us.

“Leicester’s first try came too easily but the only way we will become stronger is if we can avoid these sorts of mistakes and learn from these games.

“In these games you have to play until the final minute. Our kicking game could have relieved the pressure a bit more if I have to be critical. Our defence was good but we couldn’t get the ball away as we should have done.

“The conditions were difficult and with the experience between Geordan Murphy and Mathew Tait they covered the ball well.”