Preview: Treviso v Glasgow

Date published: April 15 2011

Scrum-half Chris Cusiter will make his long-awaited return to action when Glasgow travel to Treviso for their Magner's League encounter.

Scrum-half Chris Cusiter will make his long-awaited return to action when Glasgow travel to Treviso for their Magner's League encounter.

Treviso are returning to their home ground after a two-month absence, for the 20th match of Magners League. Treviso have not played at home since the 19th February match against Ospreys.

Saturday's opponents Glasgow have only have two more points than the Lions in the competition.

The team led by Antonio Pavanello will have a good chance to overtake the Scottish counterpart.

Franco Smith lines up once again with Brendan Williams as fullback. Fabio Semenzato and Willem De Waal feature as half-backs, since Edoardo Gori, Tobias Botes and Kristopher Burton are still unavailable.

Paul Derbyshire is making his return with the No. 8 jersey, while Alessandro Zanni is playing as flanker. Matteo Muccignat is also to start.

Meanwhile, scrum-half Chris Cusiter returns to the Warriors starting line-up on Saturday.

Although Cusiter's return to the squad was announced earlier this week, it was confirmed on Friday that he will be on the field from the outset – a prospect that has the players, supporters and coaching staff brimming with excitement, none moreso than Head Coach Sean Lineen.

“Having Chris back is massive not only for us, but for him,” said Lineen on the official Warriors website.

“It's been a hard 11 months for Chris but he's always kept his head high and we've always supported him.

“He's a world class player and has been buzzing around the field all week. The whole squad has been buoyed by his return.

“The medical staff have been excellent and shown real patience as he has. It's all about getting him on the field now and giving him every opportunity of being involved at the World Cup.”

Cusiter is among four personnel changes from the team that beat Aironi almost a fortnight ago, with one further positional switch.

In addition to the British & Irish Lion's inclusion in the backs, Hefin O'Hare replaces Alex Dunbar on the right wing and DTH van der Merwe moves over to the left as a result.

The pack sees hooker Dougie Hall promoted from a bench appearance last time out to a starting berth this week as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury.

Following an improved performance against Aironi, Johnnie Beattie is re-instated to the back-row in place of Ryan Wilson.

Ahead of the squad's maiden trip to the Stadio Monigo, Lineen continued: “Treviso have been around for a few years and are well-versed in the Heineken Cup. They are also very difficult at home.

“It's important that we give good performances in these last three games. The players know what it's all about – we need to finish on a winning note.”

Form: Benetton Treviso have slipped to six straight defeats in the Magners League, but have won two of their last three fixtues in the competition at Stadio Monigo.

Glasgow Warriors have won two of their last three games, and also won their most recent away game which coincidentally was also in Italy: 17-16 over Aironi on 2 April.

Glasgow have won two of their three previous encounters with Treviso, but lost 15-34 on their only previous visit to Stadio Monigo: in the European Cup on 26 September 1998.

The teams:

Benetton Treviso: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Michele Sepe, 13 Alberto Sgarbi, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia, 10 Willem De Waal, 9 Fabio Semenzato, 8 Paul Derbyshire, 7 Alessandro Zanni 6 Robert Barbieri, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello (capt), 3 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Matteo Muccignat
Replacements: 16 Diego Vidal, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Valerio Bernabò, 20 Manoa Vosawai, 21 Francesco Minto, 22 Simon Picone, 23 Luke McLean

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Hefin O'Hare, 13 Federico Aramburu, 12 Graeme Morrison (capt), 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Richie Vernon, 6 Robert Harley, 5 Tom Ryder, 4 Aly Muldowney, 3 Moray Low, 2 Dougie Hall, 1 Ryan Grant

Replacements: 16 Fergus Thomson, 17 Kevin Tkachuk, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Chris Fusaro, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Colin Gregor, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Peter Horne.

Date: Saturday, April 16
Venue: Stadio Monigo
Kick-off: 14:00BST (13:00GMT)
Referee: Dudley Phillips