After the first leg of the back-to-back Italian derby of RaboDirect PRO12 played in Parma last Saturday, the coaching staff of Zebre has announced today its starting line-up for the return match tomorrow in Treviso.
Few changes from last round game at Stadio XXV Aprile as the “white & black” boys will search a different result compared to the 3-10 loss in the battle of the first meeting of the two Italian sides of RaboDirect PRO12.
Former Treviso centre Garcia is back into the squad after missing the first derby, the Argentinian born player will lead his side starting at centre with Sinoti, who has his first competitive start as outside centre. Confirmed in the back triangle are Buso -who is switched from centre to full-back – along with Sarto and Italian international Venditti on the wings.
In the halves the superb kicker Orquera will pair with Chillon; the Venice born scrum-half wore the Benetton shirt six times last year as a permit player from Petrarca Padova in the World Cup & Six Nations windows.
Zebre pack sees a completely new front row with props Aguero & Redolfini and Italian international Giazzon back at hooker after a round of rest. The second row – after its great score on the line outs in Parma against their Italy team-mates of Treviso with 11 own throws won, 3 stolen and only one loss is made by the Italian-south African duo of Geldenhuys and Van Vuren. The loose forwards ready to have another great battle all over the field are the same as last Saturday's clash : number 8 Van Schalkwyk with at his sides the two flankers Cattina and Bergamasco.
Among the replacements there are props Perugini and Ryan; hooker Manici who had made a notable impact from the bench in the last match; lock Caffini, flanker Cristiano; scrum-half Tebaldi and two utility backs who return for the Parma based outfit after some missed games: Odiete and Benettin -who resumes his position on the replacements bench after missing several games due to an injury picked in Llanelli in early November-.
Here’s Zebre line-up for Saturday game in Treviso for the 12nd round of RaboDirect PRO12. Kick off at the Stadio Monigo at 3 pm local time:
15 Paolo BUSO
14 Giovanbattista VENDITTI*
13 Sinoti SINOTI
12 Gonzalo GARCIA (cap)
11 Leonardo SARTO*
10 Luciano ORQUERA
9 Alberto CHILLON*
8 Andries VAN SCHALKWYK
7 Mauro BERGAMASCO
6 Nicola CATTINA
5 Michael VAN VUREN
4 Quintin GELDENHUYS
3 Luca REDOLFINI
2 Davide GIAZZON
1 Matias AGUERO
16 Andrea MANICI*
17 Salvatore PERUGINI
18 David RYAN
19 Emiliano CAFFINI*
20 Filippo CRISTIANO
21 Tito TEBALDI
22 Alberto BENETTIN*
23 David ODIETE*
Coach: Christian GAJAN
* Former member of the Italian Rugby Union academy "Ivan Francescato" of Tirrenia.
Not available for selection through injury : Marco BORTOLAMI, Filippo CAZZOLA*, Daniel HALANGAHU*
Referee: Matteo Liperini (Federazione Italiana Rugby, 2nd competition game)
Assistant Referees: Alan Falzone, Andrea Spadoni (both Federazione Italiana Rugby)
Citing Commissioner: Alberto Recaldini (Federazione Italiana Rugby)
TMO: Carlo Damasco (Federazione Italiana Rugby)
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