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Preview: Treviso v Edinburgh

05th May 2011 10:27

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Scott MacLeod

Scott MacLeod: Last match for Edinburgh

Edinburgh interim head coach Nick Scrivener has called on his team to cap their strong conclusion to the Magners League season by beating Treviso at the Stadio di Monigo on Friday.

The match is the club's final outing of the campaign, and will see them attempt to earn a second straight victory on Italian soil, having beaten Aironi 10-9 in Viadana last October.

Edinburgh will also be on the trail of a fourth win in their last five matches, Ospreys, Aironi and Dragons having all been felled at Murrayfield of late.

Friday's clash is a last match in charge for Scrivener, who will return to his native Australia next week, for Scott MacLeod, who starts at second row before completing his move to Japanese outfit Kobe Steelers, and for David Blair, who is leaving the club at the end of the season.

Far from focussing on sentiment, Scrivener believes that securing another success would be the most appropriate way for all concerned to sign off.

"I've no doubt there will be a bit of emotion floating about after the game, but our main concern will be making sure that we've at least got the satisfaction of reflecting on a win," he said.

"We've underlined all along the importance of finishing the season in a positive manner, and with the last few wins we've recorded, we've gone some way to doing that.

"It's now about finishing the job and doing something that we haven't been particularly good at this season - winning away from home."

There are three changes to the Edinburgh starting line-up from that which claimed a 27-15 triumph against Dragons on Friday 22 April.

James King, who missed out on selection for that game after injuring a shoulder, returns at inside centre, with Nick De Luca moving out one to occupy the number 13 berth.

Mike Blair injured an ankle in training this week, and so Greig Laidlaw moves to scrum-half with David Blair coming in at stand-off.

In the boiler house, meanwhile, Esteban Lozada is suspended after receiving his third Magners League yellow card, and so Steven Turnbull is selected to pack down beside MacLeod.

On the bench, David Young and Craig Hamilton return to provide cover at tight-head and lock respectively, while Alan MacDonald has recovered from his own shoulder complaint to feature for the first time since the defeat to Scarlets in February.

Meanwhile, Treviso are looking for a second win over Scottish opposition after their previous win against Glasgow Warriors, and after losing in Cardiff last week against the Blues, the Italian side are doing their best to finish 10th in the league table.

Antonio Pavanello and his team-mates will also try to obtain their ninth win in this first and positive Magners League season. Winning Friday's match will also mean revenge after the 21-9 defeat suffered by the Treviso team on November 5th at Murrayfield.

Franco Smith has only made a few changes to the team.

In the back three we see the return of Luke McLean as full-back, together with wingers Michele Sepe and Tommaso Benvenuti.

Gonzalo Garcia and Alberto Sgarbi are playing in the centre spot, while fly-half Willem De Waal is partnering with scrum-half Tobias Botes.

In the front row, Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet is playing loose-head and Lorenzo Cittadini is playing tight-head prop.

Form: Edinburgh won 21-9 on the two sides' only previous encounter in round eight of the Magners League. Treviso's only win in their last eight encounters was 19-16 at home to Glasgow Warriors on 16 April, and are now going for a second successive victory over opponents from Scotland. Edinburgh have won three of their last four games in the Magners League. The Scotsmen have won just one away game in any competition since December 2009 - on their previous visit to Italy, 10-9 at Aironi on 2 October 2010.

The teams:

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Michele Sepe, 13 Alberto Sgarbi, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Tommaso Benvenuti, 10 Willem De Waal, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Paul Derbyshire, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Robert Barbieri, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello (c), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet.
Replacements: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Matteo Muccignat, 19 Benjamin Vermaak, 20 Manoa Vosawai, 21 Francesco Minto, 22 Fabio Semenzato, 23 Brendan Williams.

Edinburgh: 15 Chris Paterson, 14 Simon Webster, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 James King, 11 Tim Visser, 10 David Blair, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 David Denton, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 Stuart McInally, 5 Steven Turnbull, 4 Scott MacLeod, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Andrew Kelly (c), 1 Kyle Traynor
Replacements: 16 Alun Walker, 17 Lewis Niven, 18 David Young, 19 Craig Hamilton, 20 Alan MacDonald, 21 Jim Thompson, 22 Lee Jones, 23 Tom Brown.

Date: Friday, May 6
Venue: Stadio di Monigo
Referee: Leo Colgan (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Stefano Traversi (Italy), Stefano Marrama (Italy)

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