Guinness PRO14 Round 13 Player Focus – Dean Budd

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08 January 2019

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A Dean Budd double and a clutch Tommaso Allan penalty was enough to give Benetton victory over Glasgow Warriors in Treviso.

Dean Budd, Benetton

The win was the Italian’s fourth in successive Guinness PRO14 games and head coach Kieran Crowley will have been thrilled with Budd’s man of the match performance.

As will Italy head coach Conor O’Shea as the Azzurri second row scored two first-half tries and made 16 tackles during the match.

 

The 32-year-old opened the scoring on 13 minutes as he powered over the line from a few metres out.

And 15 minutes later the captain doubled his tally, peeling off the back of a driving maul and steamrolling through three Glasgow defenders before reaching for the line.

Despite Budd’s two scores, Benetton went in at half-time trailing 14-12 but good work from Budd at the breakdown helped set up the passage of play that led to Braam Steyn’s crucial try.

Tommaso Allan stepped up to knock over the winning penalty and sent his side up into third in Conference B.

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