Round 21 of RaboDirect PRO12 is the last home game for Benetton Treviso. The game against the Glasgow Warriors will be played on Sunday 22nd April at 15:00 at the Stadio Monigo.
Antonio Pavanello and his teammates want to greet their supporters with a brilliant performance, hoping for their fourth home victory – the eighth victory of the season.
The aim is also that of maintaining eighth position in the league table, trying to avoid Connacht overtaking.
In the three previous matches against the Glasgow team, Treviso have won twice.
Firstly last season at the Stadio Monigo (19-16), secondly this season at the Firhill in Glasgow, where Benetton won 13-15, gaining their first victory abroad.
However, taking into account the points scored overall, there is a narrow gap between the 51 in favour and 46 against.
The situation in the league table is different too – even if the two teams’ goals are more or less the same: the Warriors, indeed, have to win if they want to go on to the play-offs.
Glasgow are fourth with 57 points, 22 more than Treviso, who only have 35; the Scottish team, however, have to pay attention to both Ulster (56 points) and Scarlets (55 points).
In Round 20, Benetton gained their first 2012 victory in Wales against the Newport Gwent Dragons, after an exciting match ended 32-33. Glasgow, instead, lost 35-29 against Munster.
Referee for the match will be Mr. Leighton Hodges from the Welsh Rugby Union and the match will be broadcast live on Radio VenetoUno (FM 97.5) with live commentary by Emanuele Spironello; it will also be broadcast recorded at 19:00 on Rai Sport 2 (channel 58 of the DTT) with commentary by Riccardo Pescante and Andrea Gritti.
This is the starting line-up chosen by coach Franco Smith:
15 Luke McLean
14 Tommaso Iannone
13 Tommaso Benvenuti
12 Alberto Sgarbi
11 Brendan Williams
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 Franco Sbaraglini
1 Michele Rizzo
On the bench:
16 Enrico Ceccato
17 Matteo Muccignat
18 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet
19 Valerio Bernabò
20 Francesco Minto
21 Simon Picone
22 Fabio Semenzato
23 Alberto Di Bernardo
Head Coach: Franco Smith.
There will also be many side events on Sunday:
MINIRUGBY: The teams invited for the tunnel and the half-time match are Benetton Treviso and Valsugana Rugby Junior’s Under 6, Benetton Treviso and Montebelluna Rugby’s Under 10 and 12.
STOP OF TRAFFIC: Treviso city administration allow supporters coming to the stadium to reach the venue by car. You simply have to download the authorization form from the website of the Comune di Treviso and take it along with you on Sunday if you are coming by car.
RUGBY AND OLYMPICS: The Italian wheelchair rugby team will be present on Sunday. After the International Tournament played in Cologne, wich signs also their debut at European level, the Italian team is hoping to be able to participate in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Before the beginning of the match, Benetton Treviso’s captain Antonio Pavanello and Italy’s captain Alvise de Vidi are to swap jerseys.
RUGBY AND SOLIDARITY: An info point of LILT, the Italian League against Cancers, will be present at the stadium. There you can buy tickets for the benefit game to be played on Saturday 19th May at 15:00 at the Stadio Tenni in Treviso between the teams Associazione XI di Marca and the Nazionale Calcio TV.
The revenue will help to buy a mobile clinic on a van, where medical examinations for the early diagnosis of breast, skin and ENT area cancers will be carried out.