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Preview: Treviso v Glasgow

20th April 2012 14:18


John Barclay at the base for Glasgow Warriors

At number eight: John Barclay

Treviso will host Glasgow in their last home game of their RaboDirect PRO12 season as they look to move up to eighth in the table on Sunday.

Antonio Pavanello and his team-mates want to put on a brilliant performance, hoping for their fourth home victory - the eighth win of the season.

In the three previous matches against the Glasgow team, Treviso have won twice. Firstly last season at the Stadio Monigo (19-16), secondly this season at the Firhill in Glasgow, where the Italians won 13-15, gaining their first victory abroad. However, taking into account the points scored overall, there is a narrow gap between the 51 in favour and 46 against.

The situation in the league table is different too - even if the two teams' goals are more or less the same: the Warriors, indeed, have to win if they want to go on to the play-offs. Glasgow are fourth with 57 points, 22 more than Treviso, who only have 35; the Scottish team, however, have to pay attention to both Ulster (56 points) and Scarlets (55 points).

Meanwhile, centre Graeme Morrison and back-row forward John Barclay are both set to rejoin the fray for Glasgow, returning from the respective knee and head knocks they sustained in the win over Cardiff Blues three weeks ago.

Last year's top try-scorer DTH van der Merwe, meanwhile, is in line for his first Warriors action of the season.

The Canada wing hasn't played since the Rugby World Cup because of a shoulder injury, but has progressed well under the care of the Warriors medical team and will be among the substitutes at the Stadio di Monigo.

The Glasgow starting XV shows five changes from last Saturday's 35-29 defeat away to Munster. Morrison comes in at inside centre, with hat-trick hero Stuart Hogg moving to the familiar surroundings of full-back.

The other switches in the backline see Tommy Seymour replace Federico Aramburu on the wing, and Duncan Weir resume stand-off duties. The 20-year-old scored all of the Warriors' points and was named RaboDirect Man of the Match in the last venture to Italy, an 18-6 win over Aironi back in November.

Up front, Ryan Grant, one of the club's most consistent performers, lines up at loose-head prop. Jon Welsh, who wore the number one jersey in Cork, hurt a shoulder in training this week and is thus unavailable for the Treviso clash. Loose-head bench cover will be provided by Gordon Reid.

The other change to the pack comes at number eight, where Barclay gets the nod over Johnnie Beattie, having performed well in the middle of the back-row in the pre-Six Nations period.

"It's absolutely fantastic to have three guys like Graeme, John and DTH coming back into the 23 for what is the biggest game of our season so far," head coach Sean Lineen told

"They're hugely influential both on and off the field, and for DTH in particular, this is a reward for a lot of hard work put in alongside the Warriors medical team.

"DTH is a quality player who can bring that little bit of inspiration to a game. It's great he's made it back to play his part in what we're all determined will be a successful finish to the season.

"In terms of the other changes, Tommy Seymour showed up really well off the bench against Munster and is chomping at the bit to start.

"Federico has been in great form, but he'll benefit from a break, while at stand-off we're in the really positive position of being able to pick from two strong options in Duncan and Ruaridh [Jackson].

"We always planned to start Ryan Grant in this game because of the level of performance he's delivered across the campaign, and although it's disappointing for Welshy to miss out, we've got a very capable replacement there in the shape of Gordon Reid.

"Once again, we're looking for a high-energy, accurate display from all 23 players. We're putting our season on the line in this match, and the players are certainly in the mood to deliver."

Form: Benetton Treviso's nine game losing streak ended with their thrilling 33-32 victory at Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday. Treviso are yet to win at Stadio Monigo in 2012. Glasgow Warriors six match unbeaten run in the RaboDirect PRO12 ended at Munster on Saturday. The Warriors have won just once on the road in any competition since early November: 26-20 at Ospreys on 2 March. Treviso have the edge in previous PRO12 clashes with Glasgow, gaining two wins to the Warriors' one.

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The teams:

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Tommaso Iannone, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Brendan Williams, 10 Kristopher Burton, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Manoa Vosawai, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello (capt), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Franco Sbaraglini, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Matteo Muccignat, 18 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, 19 Valerio Bernaḅ, 20 Francesco Minto, 21 Simon Picone, 22 Fabio Semenzato, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 Colin Shaw, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 John Barclay, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Al Kellock (capt), 4 Richie Gray, 3 Mike Cusack, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Finlay Gillies, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Moray Low, 19 Tom Ryder, 20 Johnnie Beattie, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 DTH van der Merwe.

Date: Sunday, April 22
Kick-off: 15:05 (14:05 BST)
Venue: Stadio di Monigo
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Assistant referees: Alan Falzone (Italy), Claudio Blessano (Italy)
Television match official: Mauro Dordolo (Italy)

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