Planet Rugby

Treviso

Treviso

Preview: Treviso v Cardiff Blues

02nd March 2012 11:39

Share:

SKY_MOBILE Ben Blair

Ben Blair: Back in the starting line-up

Gareth Baber and Justin Burnell have made five changes to the Cardiff Blues team to face Treviso in a RaboDirect Pro12 clash on Saturday.

Full-back Ben Blair and centre Ceri Sweeney are promoted to the starting line-up at the expense of Tom James and Gavin Henson.

James is forced to contend with a spot on the bench while Henson falls out of the squad completely. Chris Czekaj moves to the wing to accommodate Blair's arrival.

Up front, T Rhys Thomas and Sam Hobbs pack down at hooker and prop respectively with Ryan Tyrell and John Yapp dropping to the bench.

Number eight Xavier Rush has recovered from illness and replaces Maama Molitika who is riding pine this week.

Meanwhile, Treviso are boosted by the return of scrum-half Fabio Semenzato who starts as captain alongside former Stormers fly-half Willem de Waal. Otherwise they are completely unchanged from the XV that lost against the Scarlets last Thursday.

Form: Benetton Treviso have lost their last four matches in the RaboDirect PRO12 since their 37-14 home win over Aironi on New Year's Eve. The Italians are unbeaten in their last three home games against Welsh regions in all competitions. Cardiff Blues' three game winning run ended narrowly in Munster on Friday. The Blues have not been victorious away from home in the RaboDirect PRO12 since a trip to Connacht on 29 October. Cardiff Blues have never lost to an Italian opponent in any competition. Treviso have lost all three previous encounters with the Blues.

The teams:

Treviso: 15 Ludovico Nitoglia, 14 Benjamin De Jager, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Andrea Pratichetti, 11 Brendan Williams, 10 Willem De Waal, 9 Fabio Semenzato (capt), 8 Marco Filippucci, 7 Gonzalo Padṛ, 6 Manoa Vosawai, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Francesco Minto, 3 Pedro Di Santo, 2 Diego Vidal, 1 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet.
Replacements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Augusto Allori, 18 Carlo Fazzari, 19 Valerio Bernaḅ, 20 Enrico Pavanello, 21 Simon Picone, 22 Ezio Galon, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Ben Blair, 14 Richard Mustoe, 13 Gavin Evans, 12 Ceri Sweeney, 11 Chris Czekaj, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Richie Rees, 8 Xavier Rush, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Michael Paterson, 5 Paul Tito (c), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 T Rhys Thomas, 1 Sam Hobbs.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Tyrell, 17 John Yapp, 18 Ryan Harford, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Maama Molitika, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Harry Robinson, 23 Tom James.

Date: Saturday, March 3
Kick-off: 16:30 (15:30 GMT)
Venue: Stadio Monigo
Referee: David Wilkinson
Assistant Referees: Giuseppe Vivarini and Stefano Roscini
TMO: Mauro Dordolo

  • Treviso Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , April 18
Leinster vs Benetton Treviso17:00
Friday , May 2
Benetton Treviso vs Glasgow19:00
Saturday , May 10
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Benetton Treviso18:30
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
  • Treviso Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
RaboDirect PRO12
Saturday , April 12
Benetton Treviso 45 - 27 Newport Gwent D'gonsBenetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D
Friday , April 4
Glasgow 29 - 10 Benetton TrevisoGlasgow vs Benetton Treviso Report
Saturday , March 29
Benetton Treviso 20 - 16 EdinburghBenetton Treviso vs Edinburgh Report
Saturday , March 22
Munster 14 - 3 Benetton Treviso
Saturday , March 1
Connacht 38 - 6 Benetton Treviso
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
  • Table
Pool 5
Heineken Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Ulster626
2Leicester Tigers621
3Montpellier611
4Treviso60