Benetton Treviso Team Announcement

Guinness PRO12 Editor

21 Sep 2012


In round 4 of RaboDirect PRO12, there will be only four changes in Benetton Treviso’s starting XV.

Treviso are playing on Saturday at 18:30 (19:30 italian time) at the Arms Park in Cardiff against the Blues.

This will be an important match and also the last of four consecutive tough matches: Treviso, indeed, have so far played Ospreys, Munster and Leinster.

Despite the losses against the two Irish teams, the victory over the Champions in chief of the Ospreys raises lots of hopes for another win over another Welsh team.

But statistics are throwing a monkey wrench: the Blues are the only team that Treviso has never beaten yet in the Celtic competition.

Head Coach, Franco Smith, confirms the backline, with Edoardo Gori playing agains as winger, and the only replacement will be Giulio Toniolatti, at his debut in green and white, for Ludovico Nitoglia.

Day off also for Alberto Di Bernardo. So the scrum-half Tobias Botes will play alongside with Kris Burton at fly-half.

Two more changes also among the forwards, where Dean Budd is replacing injured Corniel Van Zyl and playing lock, and Marco Filippucci is playing flanker in place of Simone Favaro.

This is the starting line-up:
15 Luke McLean
14 Edoardo Gori
13 Tommaso Benvenuti
12 Alberto Sgarbi
11 Giulio Toniolatti
10 Kristopher Burton
9 Tobias Botes

8 Robert Barbieri
7 Alessandro Zanni
6 Marco Filippucci
5 Dean Budd
4 Francesco Minto
3 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (capitano)
1 Alberto De Marchi

16 Franco Sbaraglini
17 Michele Rizzo
18 Jacobus Roux
19 Antonio Pavanello
20 Valerio Bernabò
21 Paul Derbyshire
22 Fabio Semenzato
23 Luca Morisi

Head Coach: Franco Smith.