Preview: Treviso v Zebre

27th Dec 2013, 13:02

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Left wing: Luke McLean

Left wing: Luke McLean

Treviso will return to PRO12 action after their postponed fixture in Glasgow Warriors with a derby game against Zebre at Stadio Monigo.

Treviso return to RaboDirect PRO12 action after their postponed fixture in Glasgow with a derby game against Zebre at Stadio Monigo on Saturday.

It will be the debut of head coach Marius Goosen.

His back-three will be Brendan Williams, Luke McLean and Ludovico Nitoglia, with Christian Loamanu paired with Alberto Sgarbi at centre.

Mat Berquist is paired with Edoardo Gori as the half-backs while the back-row is Robert Barbieri at number eight and Manoa Vosawai and Alessandro Zanni packing down on the flanks.

Captain Antonio Pavanello and Corniel Van Zyl are the locks, while Lorenzo Cittadini, Leonardo Ghiraldini and Alberto De Marchi are the front-row.

Zebre meanwhile enter the game buoyed by a much-improved effort against Ulster at Ravenhill, where they went down to a credible 13-6 defeat.

Luciano Orquera and Brendon Leonard are their half-backs, Roberto Quartaroli and Gonzalo Garcia form the midfield while skipper Marco Bortolami is alongside Quintin Geldenhuys at lock.

Form: Treviso had a fruitless trip to Glasgow on Friday with a waterlogged pitch putting paid to their plans. Treviso have not won since beating Connacht 23-3 at Stadio Monigo in Round Five of the PRO12. Zebre achieved a third losing bonus point of the season against Ulster in Belfast on Friday and have won just once in the PRO12: 30-25 at the Cardiff Blues in Round Three. The two teams have met twice before in the holiday period last season with Treviso taking both encounters.

The teams:

Treviso: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Christian Loamanu, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Mat Berquist, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Manoa Vosawai, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello (c), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Alberto De Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Valerio Bernabò, 21 Dean Budd, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 James Ambrosini.

Zebre: 15 Gugliemo Palazzani, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Roberto Quartaroli, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Dion Berryman 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Samuela Vunisa 7 Andries van Schalkwyk, 6 Mauro Bergamasco, 5 Marco Bortolami (c) 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Salvatore Perugini.
Replacements: 16 Tommaso D'Apici, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Luciano Leibson, 19 Emiliano Caffini, 20 Filippo Cristiano, 21 Alberto Chillon, 22 Giulio Toniolatti, 23 Filippo Ferrarini.

Date: Saturday, 28 December
Venue: Stadio Monigo
Kick-off: 15:00 local, 14:00 GMT
Referee: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Andrea Spadoni, Elia Rizzo (both Italy)
Citing Commissioner: Achille Reali (Italy)
TMO: Alan Falzone (Italy)