Preview: Glasgow v Treviso

Date published: March 18 2011

Glasgow return to Magners League duty at Firhill on Friday for the rescheduled Round Ten fixture against Treviso.

Glasgow return to Magners League duty at Firhill on Friday for the rescheduled fixture against Treviso which fell victim to the wintry weather in December.

Following Italy's triumphant win over France in the Six Nations last weekend, the Warriors are expecting to host a team on a high.

But with Scotland facing the Azzurri at Murrayfield the very next day, Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen is also aware of the wider benefits of a victory.

“After the Italian win against France I would think they'll be pretty buoyant,” he said.

“The guys know that performance is one thing but at the beginning of an important weekend for Scottish rugby it would be great to get a good start with a win over Treviso who are a strong side.”

The Warriors continue to be without many of their frontline players as they weather a period where 17 players are currently unavailable for selection.

However, they are able to list the likes of Moray Low, Rob Harley and Johnnie Beattie in their forward pack – an area where Glasgow expect to be fully tested in addition to Treviso's attacking threats out wide.

The Warriors have made seven personnel changes, plus two positional switches, for Friday night's match.

In the forwards, Scotland prop Low returns to bolster the front row alongside loosehead Jon Welsh who makes his comeback from a rib injury.

Flanker Harley and number eight Beattie are reinstated to the back-row having featured off the bench in Glasgow's last outing against the Ospreys a fortnight ago, while Ryan Wilson moves to openside flanker as part of the reshuffle.

Full-back Bernardo Stortoni is also promoted from the replacements whilst his fellow countryman Federico Aramburu has fully recovered from the flu and starts at outside centre. Alex Dunbar will also start in place of the injured DTH van der Merwe.

Form: Pride is at stake for Glasgow Warriors who, having made the semi finals last season, are languishing in 11th position at present, two places behind their opponents and one below their nearest rivals, Edinburgh. If they are to have any chance of finishing as the top Scottish team this season, Glasgow need a victory from this game in hand. A win for Treviso, would guarantee they finish as the top Italian side, a mid-table finish in their first season in the Magners League would be a good return. They have already won three more games than Glasgow so far this season, but due to the original postponement, this is the first time the two teams have met in League action. Treviso themselves have won just once in their last seven encounters and have also proven to be bad travellers with their only victory on the road this season coming at Aironi.

The teams:

Glasgow: 15 Bernardo Stortoni, 14 Hefin O'Hare, 13 Federico Aramburu, 12 Peter Murchie, 11 Alex Dunbar, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Colin Gregor, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Ryan Wilson, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Tom Ryder, 4 Aly Muldowney, 3 Moray Low, 2 Fergus Thomson, 1 Jon Welsh.
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Kevin Tkachuk, 18 Ryan Grant, 19 James Eddie, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Dave McCall.

Treviso: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Michele Sepe, 13 Ludovico Nitoglia, 12 Andrea Pratichetti, 11 Benjamin De Jager, 10 Willem De Waal, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Marco Filippucci, 7 Gonzalo Padrò, 6 Benjamin Vermaak, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello (c), 3 Pedro Di Santo, 2 Franco Sbaraglini, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Matteo Muccignat, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Enrico Pavanello, 20 Manoa Vosawai, 21 Simon Picone, 22 Ezio Galon, 23 Andrea Marcato.

Date: Friday, March 18
Venue: Firhill
Kick-off: 19:30 GMT
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)