Aironi target Cardiff for second consecutive home win

Guinness PRO12 Editor

7 Oct 2011


Aironi face Cardiff Blues, looking for their second straight home win. After beating Edinburgh two weeks ago, the Italian side host the Welshmen at Stadio Zaffanella (kick-off at 3pm Italian time).

There are several changes from the team that lost to Leinster last week.

In the backs, Gilberto Pavan will play at outside centre alongside Gabriel Pizarro.

Naas Olivier returns at 10 to pair up with Tito Tebaldi, who is back at scrum-half after playing fly-half in Dublin.

There are two changes in the back row, where only Nick Williams preserves his spot in the starting line-up. Nicola Cattina and Frans Viljoen are the flankers. For the sixth game in a row George Biagi and Joshua Furno make up the second row. In the front row Matias Aguero returns in place of Alberto De Marchi, with Fabio Staibano at tight head and captain Roberto Santamaria as hooker.

15 Ruggero Trevisan; 14 Sinoti Sinoti, 13 Gilberto Pavan, 12 Gabriel Pizarro, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti; 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Tito Tebaldi; 8 Nick Williams, 7 Nicola Cattina, 6 Frans Viljoen; 5 George Biagi, 4 Joshua Furno; 3 Fabio Staibano, 2 Roberto Santamaria (cap), 1 Matias Aguero.

Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 Josh Sole, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Tyson Keats, 22 Roberto Quartaroli, 23 Riccardo Pavan.

Coach: Rowland Phillips.