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Preview: Treviso v Saracens

20th January 2012 12:58

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Saracens v Gloucester James Short

James Short: Point to prove?

Saracens travel to Italy on Sunday for their final Heineken Cup Pool match knowing that a point against Treviso will secure a place in the last-eight.

In team news ahead of the game, James Short, Peter Stringer, Matt Stevens and Jackson Wray come into the XV for the Stadio di Monigo clash.

Chris Wyles, Rhys Gill and Ben Spencer move to the replacements bench while Hayden Smith returns after six weeks out with a hand injury.

"We're not quite there yet and that will focus our minds as we head out to Italy," explained Director of Mark McCall ahead of the game.

"There is still a lot that can happen in this group, but we've just got to take care of our own business and that means getting the job done against a good and organised Treviso team."

Meanwhile, Treviso will be desperate to bounce back from their 44-17 loss at Liberty Stadium in Round 5 when they face the Aviva Premiership champions this Sunday.

They have made a handful of changes to their starting line-up and there are notable returns from hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini, Tobias Botes and Benjamin Vermaak while Ludovico Nitoglia switches to full-back in place of now left wing Brendan Williams.

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The teams:

Treviso: 15 Ludovico Nitoglia, 14 Tommaso Iannone, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Brendan Williams, 10 Kristopher Burton, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Benjamin Vermaak, 5 Cornelius van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Matteo Muccignat, 18 Augusto Allori, 19 Valerio Bernabo, 20 Gonzalo Padrņ, 21 Marco Filippucci, 22 Fabio Semenzato, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 David Strettle, 13 Owen Farrell, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 James Short, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Andy Saull, 6 Kelly Brown, 5 Mouritz Botha, 4 Steve Borthwick, 3 Carlos Nieto, 2 John Smit, 1 Matt Stevens.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Petrus du Plessis, 19 Hayden Smith, 20 Justin Melck, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Chris Wyles, 23 Duncan Taylor.

Date: Sunday, January 22
Kick-off: 14:00 (13:00 GMT)
Venue: Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: John Carvill (Ireland), David Keane (Ireland)
Television match official: Jude Quinn (Ireland)

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