Preview: Ospreys v Treviso

Date published: April 14 2016

during the Guinness Pro 12 match between Ospreys and Benetton Rugby Treviso at Liberty Stadium on September 5, 2014 in Swansea, United Kingdom.

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy has made two changes to his starting line-up that will face Treviso in the PRO12 at Liberty Stadium on Friday. 

Number eight Dan Baker comes in for James King who moves to the side of the scrum in place of the injured Sam Underhill.

Scott Baldwin is replaced by Sam Parry with the former dropping to the bench and Scott Otten falls out of the matchday squad as a result.

Rory Thornton and Ben John are named amongst the replacements with Joe Bearman and Jeff Hassler missing out on selection. Hassler underwent a shoulder operation on Wednesday that is set to keep him on the sidelines until the pre-season ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Meanwhile, Treviso wingers Angelo Esposito and Ludovico Nitoglia have switched around, with the latter being named on the left side. A new look midfield sees Luca Morisi and Alberto Sgarbi replace Sam Christie and Tommaso Iannone.

Christie pairs up with scrum-half Edoardo Gori to form the half-back combination.

Lock Jeff Montauriol comes in for the injured Marco Fuser and joins Filo Paulo in the second-row.

Injured Filippo Filippetto is replaced by Simone Ferrari in the front-row alongside hooker Luca Bigi and  Alberto De Marchi.

Ornel Gega, Salesi Manu, Francesco Minto, Chris Smylie and James Ambrosini are all named amongst the replacements with Davide Giazzon, Alberto Lucchese and Luke McLean all sidelined due to injury.

Form: Ospreys 26-20 victory at Newport Gwent Dragons in round 19 ended a three match losing run. Ospreys have never lost at home to an Italian side. Benetton Treviso have lost their last four Guinness PRO12 encounters since beating Dragons at Stadio Monigo in round 15. The Italians' most recent victory in Wales came on a visit to Scarlets in May 2013. Ospreys' only defeat to Treviso in the Guinness PRO12 was 6-12 in Italy in August 2012, although Benetton have subsequently beaten Ospreys twice, both at home in the Champions Cup.

The teams:

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Hanno Dirksen, 13 Owen Watkin, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb (c), 8 Dan Baker, 7 James King, 6 Olly Cracknell, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Adam Beard, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Nicky Smith
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Rory Thornton, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Brendon Leonard, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Ben John

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni ( c ), 6 Marco Lazzaroni, 5 Jeff Montauriol, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Alberto De Marchi
Replacements: 16 Ornel Gega, 17 Matteo Zanusso, 18 Salesi Manu, 19 Dean Budd, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Francesco Minto, 22 Chris Smylie, 23 James Ambrosini

Date: Friday, April 15
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Kick-off: 19:35 BST (18:35 GMT)
Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Dan Jones (Wales), Martyn Lewis (Wales)
TMO: Tim Hayes (Wales)

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