Benetton Treviso Team Announcement

Guinness PRO12 Editor

23 Mar 2012


For Round 18 of RaboDirect PRO12, the second last home game for the Treviso team, the "Leoni" will play against Ulster.

The match is to be played on Saturday 24th March at 16:15 at the Stadio Monigo in Treviso. Referee for the match will be Welsh Leighton Hodges.

The match will be broadcast live both on TV on RaiSport 2 (channel 58 of the DTT and 228 of Sky), with live commentary by Riccardo Pescante and Andrea Gritti, and on radio on Radio VenetoUno (FM 97.5) with live commentary by Emanuele Spironello.

Under 10 teams of Rugby Casale and Valsugana Rugby, and Under 12 teams of Rugby Piave and Amatori Rugby Genova will greet Benetton Treviso and Ulster when entering the pitch for kick-off, and the same will play during half-time.

Following the end of the RBS Six Nations Tournament, Benetton Treviso have back at disposal those players committed with Italy in the previous months.

During training, Franco Smith decided the line-up that will play and try to gain the first win of 2012.

Treviso last won on 31st December 2011, beating Aironi 37-14.

Since then, they have lost seven consecutive games – five in the RaboDirect PRO12 and two in the Heineken Cup, due to both bad luck and the absence of many important players.

Ulster won’t be an easy team to play: their record against the Italian teams is 13 victories and just one defeat.

The defeat occurred last 7th October at the Ravenhill Stadium, just against Benetton Treviso, who won 12-23, obtaining their second seasonal success abroad.

A penalty try, Kris Burton’s kicks and his own try too, made Treviso win the game in Belfast.

Antonio Pavanello and his teammates are to make again the Stadio Monigo their fortress, as they did last season, winning eight out of eleven Celtic games.

Despite a higher position in the league table, compared to last season, to date Treviso have won only six games, three abroad and three at home.

Furthermore, if Benetton Treviso win against Ulster, then this will be their first double victory against a foreign team; to date Treviso have won twice against Aironi.

The second and last chance might be the game against the Glasgow Warriors to be played on Sunday 22nd April, this being the final home game of the season for Treviso.

Starting line-up:

15 Brendan Williams
14 Tommaso Iannone
13 Alberto Sgarbi
12 Gonzalo Garcia
11 Ludovico Nitoglia
10 Kristopher Burton
9 Edoardo Gori
8 Robert Barbieri
7 Alessandro Zanni
6 Manoa Vosawai
5 Corniel Van Zyl
4 Antonio Pavanello (captain)
3 Lorenzo Cittadini
2 Enrico Ceccato
1 Michele Rizzo

On the bench:

16 Franco Sbaraglini
17 Matteo Muccignat
18 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet
19 Valerio Bernabò
20 Francesco Minto
21 Gonzalo Padrò
22 Fabio Semenzato
23 Alberto Di Bernardo

Head Coach: Franco Smith.