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Preview: Perpignan v Treviso

09th October 2008 13:56

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David Marty: Perpignan strike man

Perpignan ought to walk away with five points from their Heineken Cup opener against Treviso on friday, but will have to do so without a number of players.

Notable absentees include fly-halves Steven Meyer and Nicolas Laharrague, while number eight Henry Tuilagi is also sidelined. Scottish internationa lock Nathan Hines is suspended.

Young back-row man Damien Chouly takes his place at the back of the scrum, while David Mele, a scrum-half by trade fills the problem number ten slot.

If Mele can get the backs going, a wealth of young talent and pace is out wide, and there is an established centre pairing of David Marty and Jean-Philippe Grandclaude.

Treviso points machine Marius Goosen is only on the bench for the match, with Italian international full-back Andrea Marcato slotting in at ten.

Ex-Wasps hard man Fraser Waters is there to marshall things in the centre - he's had a couple of scraps with Perpignan down the years - and former Scarlets and Blue Bulls hardman Hottie Louw is there to shore up the back row.

Form: Perpignan sit third in the Top 14 having won five of their seven matches. Treviso are in a similar position in Italy's Super 10, but they have won only one Heineken Cup match in the last three years.

Prediction: Perpignan to take five points and win by 20.

Perpignan: 15 Jérôme Porical, 14 Adrien Plante, 13 David Marty, 12 Jean-Philippe Grandclaude, 11 Farid Sid, 10 David Mele, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Jean-Pierre Perez, 6 Gerrie Britz, 5 Rimas Alvarez Kairelis, 4 Olivier Olibeau, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Marius Tincu, 1 Perry Freshwater (c).

Replacements: 16 tbc, 17 Sebastien Chobet, 18 Kisi Pulu, 19 Guillaume Vilaceca, 20 Guilhem Guirado, 21 Nicolas Durand, 22 Philip Burger,

Benetton: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Emiliano Mulieri, 13 Benjamin De Jager, 12 Fraser Waters, 11 Andrew Vilk, 10 Andrea Marcato, 9 Simon Picone, 8 Dion Kingi, 7 Hottie Louw, 6 Silvio Orlando, 5 Cornelius Van Zyl, 3 Salvatore Costanzo, 2 Augusto Allori, 1 Marco Riva.

Replacements: 16 Diego Vidal, 17 Enrico Ceccato, 18 Marco Filippucci, 19 Enrico Pavanello, 20 Tobias Botes, 21 Marius Goosen, 22 Alberto Sgarbi.

Date: Friday, October 10

Venue: Stade Aimé-Giral

Kick-off: 20.45 (18.45 GMT)

Referee: James Jones (Wales)

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