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Preview: Treviso v Leicester Tigers

10th January 2014 09:48

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Tricky trip: Tigers travel to Treviso

Argentina international prop Marcos Ayerza will make his 150th starting appearance for Leicester Tigers in Saturday's Heineken Cup clash in Treviso.

Leicester trail Pool leaders Ulster by three points and must win to be certain of staying in touch with the Irish province going into the final round of matches.

Tigers vice-captain Anthony Allen and Tonga international forward Steve Mafi return to the Tigers squad for Saturday's the Pool 5 fixture are both selected among the replacements.

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill makes two changes in the forward pack as Neil Briggs starts at hooker, and Ed Slater is replaced by Sebastian de Chaves after taking a knock in the match against Bath last Sunday.

De Chaves lines up alongside Louis Deacon who makes his 66th European appearance for the club, moving ahead of Ben Kay and into third place in the Tigers' all-time list behind former captains Geordan Murphy and Martin Corry.

Only nine points split these two sides over their two Pool matches last season and the Tigers had to wait until the last play of the game before securing a bonus point in their clash this season at Welford Road. That 34-3 victory was far more clear-cut than previous meetings and Tigers' director of rugby Richard Cockerill knows his side can take nothing for granted in Italy.

The teams:

Treviso: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Andrea Pratichetti, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Mat Berquist, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Paul Derbyshire, 6 Christian Loamanu, 5 Valerio Bernabo, 4 Antonio Pavanello (c), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Alberto de Marchi, 18 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Marco Filippucci, 21 Francesco Minto, 22 Fabio Semenzato, 23 James Ambrosini

Leicester Tigers: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Niall Morris, 13 Vereniki Goneva, 12 Toby Flood (c), 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Sebastian De Chaves, 4 Louis Deacon, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Boris Stankovich, 18 Fraser Balmain, 19 Steve Mafi, 20 Jordan Crane, 21 David Mélé, 22 Anthony Allen, 23 Matt Smith.

Date: Saturday 10th January
Venue: Stadio Monigo
Kick-off: 1435 local, 1335 GMT
Referee: Romain Poite (Fr)
Assistant referees: Christophe Berdos, Tual Trainini (both Fr)
TMO: Bruno Bessot

  • Treviso Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , December 6
Benetton Treviso vs Northampton13:00
Saturday , December 13
Northampton vs Benetton TrevisoTBC
Saturday , January 17
Racing Metro 92 vs Benetton TrevisoTBC
Saturday , January 24
Benetton Treviso vs OspreysTBC
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Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Glasgow vs Benetton TrevisoGlasgow vs Benetton Treviso Preview
Sunday , November 23
Benetton Treviso vs Leinster14:30
Friday , November 28
Cardiff Blues vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Friday , December 19
Edinburgh vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Saturday , December 27
Zebre vs Benetton Treviso16:00
Saturday , January 3
Benetton Treviso vs ZebreTBC
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  • Treviso Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 26
Benetton Treviso 10 - 26 Racing Metro 92
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
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Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 10
Benetton Treviso 6 - 9 ConnachtBenetton Treviso vs Connacht Report
Sunday , October 5
Benetton Treviso 23 - 40 Glasgow
Sunday , September 28
Newport Gwent D'gons 33 - 15 Benetton Treviso
Saturday , September 20
Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton Treviso
Friday , September 12
Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 Munster
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  • Table
Pool 5
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Racing Metro Paris28
2Northampton25
3Ospreys25
4Treviso20