Guinness PRO12 Editor

20 Apr 2012


Aironi fly to Galway to face Connacht tomorrow at the Sportsground (Saturday, kick-off at 5 pm) for their last away match of the season. After playing a good game game against the Scarlets a week ago but collecting just a defensive bonus point, coming up short to lose 23-26.

The Italian side has its last opportunity of the 2011-2012 season to achieve a win away from Stadio Zaffanella (where they beat Connacht twice). Ian Davies takes charge of the match, his first in the RaboDirect PRO12.

There’s just one change in the Aironi starting XV. Giovanbattista Venditti is back on the wing, with Sinoti Sinoti switching to outside centre in place of Gilberto Pavan, who starts from the bench.

Fullback Tito Tebaldi, wing Giulio Toniolatti and inside centre Matteo Pratichetti complete the back line, while Luciano Orquera and Tyson Keats pair up again in the halves.

There are no changes in the pack. Josh Sole is at number 8 and flankers Nicola Cattina and Simone Favaro complete the back row, captain Marco Bortolami and Quintin Geldenhuys are the locks. In the front row Matias Aguero and Lorenzo Romano are the props with Fabio Ongaro hooking.

The game in Galway will be pretty special for Paolo Buso. After playing in three games and scorin 12 points (3 penalties and a drop goal) last season coming from a long injury break, Buso was injured again during the summer. Now, after a long recovery, Aironi’s utility back is ready to go again and collects his first call-up of the season in the matchday squad and will start from the bench.

AIRONI: 15 Tito Tebaldi; 14 Giulio Toniolatti, 13 Sinoti Sinoti, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti; 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Tyson Keats; 8 Josh Sole, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Nicola Cattina; 5 Marco Bortolami (cap), 4 Quintin Geldenhuys; 3 Lorenzo Romano, 2 Fabio Ongaro, 1 Matias Aguero.

Replacements: 16 Tommaso D’Apice, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 Joshua Furno, 20 Nick Williams, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Gilberto Pavan, 23 Paolo Buso.

Coach: Rowland Phillips.