Preview: Treviso v Dragons

Date published: March 27 2015

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The Dragons will have revenge on their minds when they travel to Italy to take on Treviso in the Guinness PRO12 on Saturday.

The Newport-based side were stunned by Zebre on their last visit to Italy, and have not won in Treviso since 2007.

They have shown some positive signs in recent weeks, with wins over both Leinster and Ulster, but the success of their season still likely rests on next week's Challenge Cup quarter-final derby against the Blues.

Meanwhile Treviso are on a tough run of their own with just one win in their last five, although that did come against Welsh opposition and their thumping win over Cardiff.

They welcome back a number of Italian internationals, including centre Michele Campagnaro, who has shaken off the knee injury that kept him out of much of the Six Nations.

Antonio Pavanello will lead the team, while Sam Christie comes back in at fly-half where he will link up with Alberto Lucchese.

The Dragons have made two changes from the team that beat Ulster last time out, with Jason Tovey and Pat Leach coming into the backline, while Taulupe Faletau is named on the bench.

Form: Benetton Treviso's only win in their last five Guinness PRO12 matches was 40-24 at home to Cardiff Blues in round 15. Treviso have won their last two matches against Welsh opponents in all tournaments and have not won three in a row against such foe since 1998. Newport Gwent Dragons have lost just two of their last six away games in all competitions, to Ospreys and to Zebre in the PRO12. Dragons have not been victorious in Italy in the PRO12 since a 14-13 win against Zebre in Parma in February 2013. The last five clashes between the two sides have all been won by the home side on the day whilst Dragons' only previous victory at Stadio Monigo was 35-33 in the European Cup in December 2007.

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Simone Ragusi, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Enrico Bacchin, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Alberto Lucchese, 8 Mat Luamanu, 7 Francesco Minto, 6 Marco Barbini, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello (c), 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Matteo Zanusso
Replacements: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Romulo Acosta, 18 Matteo Muccignat, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Meyer Swanepoel, 21 Dean Budd, 22 Andrea Pratichetti, 23 Edoardo Gori

Dragons: 15 Jason Tovey, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Pat Leach, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Nick Crosswell, 7 James Benjamin, 6 James Thomas, 5 Cory Hill, 4 Andrew Coombs, 3 Brok Harris, 2 T. Rhys Thomas (c), 1 Boris Stankovich
Replacements: 16 Hugh Gustafson, 17 Phil Price, 18 Dan Way, 19 Taulupe Faletau, 20 Ollie Griffiths, 21 Luc Jones, 22 Tyler Morgan, 23 Carl Meyer. 

Date: Saturday, 28 March 
Venue: Stadio Monigo, Treviso
Kick-off: 20:30 local (19:30 GMT)
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant referees: Giuseppe Vivarini (Italy), Cladio Blessano (Italy)
Television match official: Carlo Damasco (Italy)

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