Antonio Pavanello and Benetton Treviso are chasing their first win of the GUINNESS PRO12 season
It has been a tough start to the GUINNESS PRO12 season for Benetton Treviso and skipper Antonio Pavanello admits the language barrier is proving hard to overcome.
Much changed for the Italian side over the summer, both on and off the pitch, as a new head coach in the form of Umberto Casellato took up the reigns.
Over 20 new players arrived in Italy, from seven different countries, while nearly the same number exited the club.
With that amount of turnover in the playing squad and with a new coaching staff getting their feet under their desks, it was always going to take time for the Italian outfit to gel.
Six successive defeats however have proved tough for Pavanello to stomach and the 32-year-old admits it is high time that results began to change.
"This is difficult at the moment because we know we have not done great things," he said.
"We changed a lot of things in the staff, we changed the head coach that brings a lot of different play and also we change 22 or 24 players so it is incredibly difficult for us.
"Every week we work on some specific detail but when you play the match other details go wrong so we are trying to work hard on all things but it is very difficult.
"From the first match we have improved a lot in the scrum and lineout but we have some problems with exit plans from our field.
"The kick chase in particular has been a struggle and we are working hard on that.
"There is also a problem of communication, the foreigners don't speak Italian and a lot of the Italian guys don't speak English.
"We are trying to use keywords to get around that but it is difficult because you cannot say everything with one word.
"We hope the foreign players start to learn and know Italian by Christmas but some Italians might have to learn English as well!"
While communication is clearly a problem, the 6ft5in Pavanello is adamant that signs of improvement are already in evidence.
Last weekend's narrow defeat to Connacht was their first point of the season and the 23-cap Italian lock admits they are now following the example of their Italian rivals Zebre in terms of building a project.
"Zebre are in their third year together, we are in the same first year that they had with those same difficulties," he added.
"They are keeping what they have sown in these three years so for us it will be difficult to match them but I hope in one or two months we start to have a lot of good matches so we can close the gap.
"And we have to make sure that we are ready for Christmas and the two games against them.
"Winning the first match relieves a lot of pressure and from there you can start to play a different way.
"You don't have to only think about the victory but you can relax a bit more."