Guinness PRO12 Editor

4 May 2012


Benetton Treviso have flown this morning to Edinburgh, where they will play against the home team in the last match of RaboDirect PRO12 2011/2012 regular season.

Treviso still want to win, both to reach their eighth seasonal victory – the fifth abroad – and to pass Connacht, who are up against Glasgow in the league table.

At present, Treviso is ninth with 36 points, just one point behind the team from Galway.

Edinburgh, instead, have not much to ask, since they will finish eleventh.

Their only aim will be that of ending the season in the best way possible at their homeground of Murrayfield.
Referee for the match will be Irish Mark Patton, at his first Celtic game. His assistants will be Andrew McMenemy and Peter Allan.

For the final game of the season, Franco Smith changes again his starting line-up.

In the backs, the biggest change is Edoardo Gori, who will start as a winger, with Tommaso Iannone and Brendan Williams who are to start from the bench, thus creating an all Italian starting XV.

Kris Burton and Fabio Semenzato are together in the half-backs.

As for the forwards, Robert Barbieri, Alessandro Zanni and Francesco Minto are starting in the back row, while the injured Antonio Pavanello is replaced by Valerio Bernabò.

In the front row, Franco Sbaraglini is starting as hooker and Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet is starting as tight-head prop.

On the bench: Lorenzo Cittadini, Enrico Ceccato, Marco Filippucci and Simon Picone, who will play his last match with the green and white jersey.

Gonzalo Padrò, furthermore, is an important return and is starting from the bench to replace either a lock or a flanker.

Starting line-up:
15 Luke McLean
14 Edoardo Gori
13 Tommaso Benvenuti
12 Alberto Sgarbi
11 Ludovico Nitoglia
10 Kristopher Burton
9 Fabio Semenzato

8 Robert Barbieri
7 Alessandro Zanni
6 Francesco Minto
5 Corniel Van Zyl
4 Valerio Bernabò
3 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet
2 Franco Sbaraglini (captain)
1 Michele Rizzo

On the bench:
16 Enrico Ceccato
17 Matteo Muccignat
18 Lorenzo Cittadini
19 Gonzalo Padrò
20 Marco Filippucci
21 Simon Picone
22 Tommaso Iannone
23 Brendan Williams

Head Coach: Franco Smith


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