Guinness PRO14 Round 16 Player Focus – Niccolo Cannone

cmcloughlin
27 February 2019

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Niccolo Cannone has shown flashes of his ability off the bench during this year’s Guinness PRO14, but his debut start against Dragons on Saturday exemplified his talent.

The 20-year-old lock scored his first two tries in the competition as part of a superb all-round performance, as his Benetton side blitzed their opponents 57-7 at Stadio Monigo.

The Italian outfit started the game in rampant form, going 31-0 up before Jared Rosser threatened to start a comeback for the Welsh side.

But after Giovanni Pettinelli had restored Benetton’s dominance on the field with another try soon after the break, Cannone was on hand to flex his ability.

 The youngster started and finished the move for his first try, driving through four tackles before the ball was worked towards the middle.

Cannone found space on the left wing again and he finished off a creative Benetton move after several powerful forages and sharp offloading by his team created the gap.

And the Italian put the result beyond all doubt six minutes later as he scored his second following a quickly taken line-out.

The second-rower took advantage as he caught the opposition cold, holding off several tackles to score and secure the man-of-the-match award.

Cannone’s tries contributed to a record Guinness PRO14 win for any Italian side and launched Benetton into second place in Conference B.

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