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Preview: Montpellier v Treviso

17th January 2014 09:46

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Montpellier will be desperate to end their Heineken Cup campaign on a positive note when they face Treviso at Stade Yves du Manoir on Saturday.

Four poor defeats from five games was not what Montpol had in mind before they began Pool 5, as they sit sixteen points off group leaders Ulster.

However, a decent victory over their Italian visitors would do them a world of good ahead of returning to Top 14 action against Bordeaux-Begles.

Returning to their side for this game will be Rene Ranger, Francois Trinh-Duc, Jim Hamilton and Nicolas Mas, which are significant boosts.

Treviso will subsequently have their work cut out as they look to record their first point, let alone victory, of their Heineken Cup campaign.

They are without Kiwi Mat Berquist so James Ambrosini starts at fly-half alongside Tobias Botes, who comes in for Edoardo Gori at scrum-half.

Valerio Bernabo captains the side from lock in the absence of Antonio Pavanello.

The teams:

Montpellier: 15 Anthony Floch, 14 Rene Ranger, 13 Anthony Tuitavke, 12 Thomas Combezou, 11 Lucas Dupont, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc (c), 9 Eric Escande, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Mamuka Gorgodze, 6 Alexandre Bias, 5 Mickael Demarco, 4 Jim Hamilton, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili.
Replacements: 16 Charles Geli, 17 Maximiliano Bustos, 18 Paea Fa'anunu, 19 Fred Quercy, 20 Thibaut Privat, 21 Ilian Perraux, 22 Pierre Berard, 23 Yoan Audrin.

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Andrea Pratichetti, 11 Angelo Esposito, 10 James Ambrosini, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Marco Filippucci, 7 Paul Derbyshire, 6 Christian Loamanu, 5 Valerio Bernabo (c), 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, 2 Franco Sbaraglini, 1 Alberto de Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Antonio Pavanello, 20 Francesco Minto, 21 Alessandro Zanni, 22 Fabio Semenzato, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Date: Saturday, January 18
Kick-off: 19:00 local (18:00 GMT)
Venue: Stade Yves du Manoir
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant referees: Neil Hennessy (Wales), Wayne Davies (Wales)
Television match official: Derek Bevan (Wales)

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