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Preview: Zebre v Treviso

03rd January 2014 10:09

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Alberto Chillon Zebre

Scrum-half: Alberto Chillon

Zebre head coach Andrea Cavinato has made three changes to his side for Saturday's PRO12 derby with Treviso.

There are two changes amongst the backs where outside centre Kameli Ratuvou and scrum-half Alberto Chillon replace Roberto Quartaroli and Brendon Leonard respectively.

In the only change up front, Matias Aguero takes over from Salvatore Perugini at loosehead prop.

Cavinato is really focused on the second leg of this Italian derby after they went down 20-15 in Treviso last weekend.

"We want it to be a revenge for all purposes: we want to win this game with all our strength and our will," he said.

"Our several players' absences should not be an excuse, but a motivation to go beyond our limits. We hope that what we saw last week in Treviso doesn't have to be repeated".

Meanwhile, new Treviso coach Marius Goosen has made four changes to his starting XV.

In the back-line, Italy international Luke McLean returns to his favoured full-back position after doing duty on the wing last weekend. He takes over from Brendan Williams, who drops out of the matchday squad, while Angelo Esposito takes over on the left wing.

In the pack, Dean Budd starts at blindside flanker in place of Manoa Vosawai while Michele Rizzo takes over from Alberto De Marchi at loosehead prop.

Form: Zebre gained a second successive losing bonus point during their 15-20 defeat in Treviso on Saturday, and have gained more league points on the road this season than they have at home. Treviso ended an eight game losing run in all tournaments with their victory in the reverse of this fixture last time out and are attempting to achieve back to back victories in the tournament for the first time since Christmas last year, also against Zebre. The two side have met on three previous occasions with Treviso taking each encounter and Zebre gaining two losing bonus points along the way.

The teams:

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

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Christian Loamanu, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Angelo Esposito, 10 Mat Berquist, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Dean Budd, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 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 Valerio Bernaḅ, 21 Marco Filippucci, 22 Edoardo Gori, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Date: Saturday, January 4
Kick-off: 15:00 local, 14:00 GMT
Venue: Stadio Aprile XXV
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Assistant referees: Matteo Liperini, Andrea Spadoni (both Italy)
Citing Commissioner: Roberto Carra (Italy)
Television match official: Mauro Dordolo (Italy)

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