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Preview: Scarlets v Treviso

13th September 2013 10:42

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Jonathan Davies

Bench: Jonathan Davies

Lions centre Jonathan Davies will be given a warm welcome back to play at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday as the Scarlets host Treviso.

Davies is selected to add impact from bench for the Scarlets second home game of the season and is sure to bring added leadership to the group of Scarlets internationals including on the field including Rhys Priestland, Ken Owens, Rob McCusker (captain), Liam Williams, Scott Williams, Aaron Shingler and Josh Turnbull.

Scarlets Head Coach Simon Easterby makes just one change to his starting XV from the side that faced Leinster last weekend at Parc y Scarlets with young World Cup Wales U20 star Jordan Williams coming onto the wing in place of the injured Kristian Phillips (fractured hand).

The Scarlets have never begun a Pro12 campaign with back-to-back defeats and after a disappointing final quarter of the game against Leinster at home in their opening game will be looking to put things right back in front of their home support on Saturday.

Benetton Treviso gained a losing bonus point from their 19-24 defeat to Ospreys at Stadio Monigo in round 1 but have recorded just two victories in Wales in the history of this tournament: at Newport in 2012 and at Llanelli in May 2013.

Treviso have beaten the Scarlets on three of their last four encounters including a 41-17 victory at Parc y Scarlets in round 22 last season - which will still be fresh in Scarlets' minds.

Scarlets Forwards Coach Danny Wilson said the region had plenty to be positive about given the mix of youth, talent, experience and commitment in the Scarlets ranks.

"We know it's going to be a good test - particularly up front but I was pleased with how the forwards performed in the first half of our game last weekend against an experienced Leinster line-up," said Wilson.

"We put good pressure on Leinster's scrum and I don't think they would have been happy with that, I was pleased with line-out too and from forwards point of view, it was a good start to the season. Many may not automatically associate the Scarlets for their up-front play in the past, but that's an identity we want to banish.

"The boys are working very hard and it's also really encouraging for our future to see young Props like Samson Lee and Rob Evans stepping up against some very experienced front rowers and holding their own.

"We know Treviso's strength in driving line-out and that's a tactic we have to deal with and we need to bring attitude and also know we can drive against them."

Meanwhile, there are four in total changes in the starting XV of Benetton Treviso to face the Scarlets.

The changes concern hooker and tight head prop, with the inclusion of John Maistri and Lorenzo Cittadini.

New Zealander Mat Berquist is named on the bench and could make his debut.

Form: Scarlets 19-42 home defeat to Leinster on Friday was their third loss in succession in the RaboDirect PRO12, including last year's Play-Off. The Scarlets have never begun a PRO12 campaign with back-to-back defeats. Benetton Treviso gained a losing bonus point from their 19-24 defeat to Ospreys at Stadio Monigo in round 1 but have recorded just two victories in Wales in the history of this tournament: at Newport in 2012 and at Llanelli in May 2013. Treviso have beaten the Scarlets on three of their last four encounters including a 41-17 victory at Parc y Scarlets in round 22 last season.

The teams:

Scarlets: 15 Gareth Owen, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Steve Shingler, 11 Jordan Williams, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Rob McCusker (capt), 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Jo Snyman, 4 George Earle, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Phil John.
Replacements: 16 Emyr Phillips, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Deacon Manu, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Sione Timani, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Jonathan Davies, 23 Nick Reynolds

Treviso: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Manoa Vosawai, 5 Valerio Bernaḅ, 4 Antonio Pavanello (capt), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 John Maistri, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, 18 Alberto De Marchi, 19 Dean Budd, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Christian Loamanu, 22 Fabio Semenzato, 23 Mathew Berquist.

Date: Saturday, September 14
Kick-off: 18:30 BST
Venue: Parc y Scarlets
Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Neil Hennessy (Wales), Neil Perkins (Wales)
Television match official: Tim Hayes (Wales)

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Saturday , December 6
Benetton Treviso vs Northampton13:00
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Northampton vs Benetton Treviso15:15
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Zebre vs Benetton Treviso16:00
Saturday , January 3
Benetton Treviso vs ZebreTBC
Saturday , January 10
Benetton Treviso vs UlsterTBC
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Ulster vs Benetton TrevisoTBC
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Sunday , November 23
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Friday , October 31
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Benetton Treviso 10 - 26 Racing Metro 92
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PosTeamPPts
1Racing Metro Paris28
2Northampton25
3Ospreys25
4Treviso20