Preview: Treviso v Scarlets

17th Dec 2010, 13:45

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Number nine: Edoardo Gori

Number nine: Edoardo Gori

Treviso will be hoping that Magners League history repeats itself when they take on the Scarlets in the Heineken Cup this Saturday.

Treviso will be hoping that Magners League history repeats itself when they face the Scarlets at Stadio Comunale di Monigo on Saturday.

The Italians beat the Welsh outfit in Round One of this season's league competition in a result that sent shock-waves through Britain and Ireland.

But that form has not continued and it is the Scarlets who are looking good at the moment. Themselves and Perpignan are both on 10 points and Leicester on 11 - with all three sides having won 2 from 3 games so far. The Scarlets know that a win would put them in a strong position but appreciate the Italians will be tough at home.

Team news sees the Scarlets without internationals Stephen Jones, Matthew Rees and David Lyons, who are out injured, however Nigel Davies says that was not a big concern for him as his squad have shown they are ready and able to step up.

"I am optimistic because the boys that are coming through are really stepping up to the mark for us, Ben Morgan has been outstanding at no8, Rhys (Priestland) is going well at 10 for us and has done all season in Steve's (Jones) absense and we have a very strong hooker in Ken Owens as we have seen last season and this," said the Head Coach.

"I've said that building strength in depth in this group is what we needed and to an extent we've got that now and these boys are showing great commitment and enthusiasm for the shirt. I'm really comfortable with how this group is performing and our starting line up for Saturday."

The teams:

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Joe Maddock, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Andrew Vilk, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Manoa Vosawai, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Robert Barbieri, 5 Cornelius van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Enrico Ceccato, 1 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet.
Replacements: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Matteo Muccignat, 18 Pedro di Santo, 19 Valério Bernabò, 20 Marco Filippucci, 21 Fabio Semenzato, 22 Brendan Williams, 23 Kristopher Burton.

Scarlets: 15 Daniel Newton, 14 Morgan Stoddart, 13 Gareth Maule, 12 Regan King, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Jon Edwards, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Dominic Day, 4 Vernon Cooper, 3 Simon Gardner, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Iestyn Thomas.
Replacements: 16 Emyr Phillips, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Phil John, 19 Jonny Fa'amatuainu, 20 Rob McCusker, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Scott Williams, 23 Lee Williams.

Date: Saturday, December 18
Kick-off: 14:30 (13:30 GMT)
Venue: Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Referee: Peter Allan (Scotland)
Assistant referees: David Changleng (Scotland), Graeme Marshall (Scotland)