Stephen Myler's backline had a profitable day in Italy. NIgel French

It was the same old story for Treviso as Northampton gave them a bit of a hiding in Italy

The Saints scored five tries in a 23-point win.

Treviso 15-38 Northampton

WITH EACH GAME in the tournament, Treviso are making a case for scrapping the automatic qualification spot for each country in the Pro12 and making it purely merit-based as they were once again bonus point fodder for their opponents.

The Saints started strongly and scored the first try after ten minutes, with Samu Manoa driving over from close range after some impressive pick-and-drive work from the pack.

Joe Carlisle kicked a penalty for Treviso before they had Francesco Minto sent to the bin. The numerical advantage told moments later as Northampton used their overlap to send Alex Waller over to give the visitors a 12-3 lead at half time.

Northampton increased their lead seven minutes into the second half after slick handling from the Saints backline released Ben Foden who touched down in the left corner.

And the visitors had the bonus point in the bag straight from the resulting kick-off, with Luther Burrell getting on the end of another sweeping backline move.

Ludovica Nitoglia scored a consolation try for the home side before Northampton were awarded a penalty try on the back of a dominant score.

Carlisle then picked off an errant Tom Stephenson pass to score an intercept try before George Pisi had the final say for Northampton, exploiting a mismatch in the Treviso defence to score his team’s sixth and final try.

Northampton now lead pool five with ten points with Racing in second on eight and the Ospreys in third on five but the French side travel to Wales later this afternoon.

- Originally published at 15.31

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