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Preview: Connacht v Treviso

03rd March 2011 12:17

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SKY_MOBILE Treviso v Connacht

Treviso: Looking for the double over Connacht

After the Magners League defeat in Dublin last week, Benetton Treviso return to Ireland where they face Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday.

There are five changes in the starting XV, including the return of Manoa Vosawai, as flanker. It's all change for the front row, where Franco Sbaraglini is hooker and Lorenzo Cittadini returns as tighthead prop.

In the backs, Andrea Pratichetti and Brendan Williams will start respectively as centre and fullback, with Joe Maddock moved to the left wing after a good performance against Leinster.

Ludovico Nitoglia-Willem De Waal has been confirmed once again with the forced absence of Tobias Botes due to injury. On the bench, Paul Derbyshire and Gonzalo Garcia are set to come in during the game.

Meanwhile, Connacht's team remains virtually unchanged from the side that has featured in the last couple of weeks.

One of two changes sees hooker Sean Cronin returning from Irish duty and Adrian Flavin moving to the bench.

Dave Nolan replaces Mike McComish on the bench. Mike has suffered a hamstring injury and is now unavailable for selection.

Form: Connacht's last four matches have all been won by the home side on the day. Connacht have won their last three home games at the Sportsground in all competitions. Benetton Treviso's only victory in their last six matches in all competitions was 19-18 at home to Munster on February 13. Treviso have won just one away game this season: 16-15 at Aironi in the Magners League on New Year's Eve. The two teams have met just once before, in Round Seven, when Treviso won 24-17 at the Stadio Monigo.

The teams:

Connacht: 15 Gavin Duffy, 14 Brian Tuohy, 13 Niva Ta'auso, 12 TroyNathan, 11 Fionn Carr, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Frank Murphy, 8 Ray Ofisa 7 Johnny O'Connor (c), 6 Andrew Browne, 5 Michael McCarthy, 4 Michael Swift, 3 Jamie Hagan, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Brett Wilkinson,
Replacements: 16 Adrian Flavin, 17 Ronan Loughney, 18 Rodney Ah You, 19 Bernie Upton, 20 Dave Nolan, 21 Cillian Willis, 22 Miah Nikora, 23 Keith Matthews.

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

Referee: Graham Knox (Scotland)

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Guinness PRO12
Saturday , September 6
Connacht vs Newport Gwent D'gons17:00
Friday , September 12
Edinburgh vs Connacht19:35
Friday , September 19
Connacht vs Leinster19:35
Friday , September 26
Glasgow vs Connacht19:35
Friday , October 3
Connacht vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Saturday , October 11
Benetton Treviso vs ConnachtTBC
Friday , October 31
Ospreys vs Connacht19:35
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Saturday , October 18
Connacht vs La Rochelle17:00
Saturday , October 25
Exeter vs Connacht15:00
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1Toulouse623
2Saracens620
3Connacht613
4Zebre60