Planet Rugby

Preview: Zebre v Treviso

21st December 2012 13:33

Share:

SKY_MOBILE Luciano Orquera

Luciano Orquera: At 10 for Zebre

Zebre boss Christian Gajan has named his starting XV for Saturday's first ever PRO12 derby against Treviso in Parma.

After being rested for the last Heineken Cup match against Harlequins, there are several players back into the matchday 23.

Amongst the forwards, the big news is the return of Italian internationals Quintin Geldenhuys (lock) and Mauro Bergamasco (flank).

Geldenhuys is paired in the second row with Josh Sole while captain Nicola Cattina and number eight Andries Van Shalkwyk complete the back row.

Experienced prop Salvatore Perugini, hooker Carlo Festuccia and young front-rower Carlo Fazzari -who is a former Treviso player - pack down up front.

In the back-line, Luciano Orquera (fly-half) and Tito Tebaldi (scrum-half) form an Italian international half-back combination while

Treviso born Paolo Buso will partner Matteo Pratichetti in the centres.

The back three comprises of Sinoti Sinoti (full-back), Giovanbattista Venditti (right wing) and Leonardo Sarto (left wing).

Zebre were dealt a blow, however, as Australian utility back Daniel Halangahu is forced to miss the game after sustaining an injury occurred in last weekend's loss at the Stoop to Harlequins.

Meanwhile, Treviso boss Franco Smith has made just one change to his starting XV after their narrow defeat to Harlequins in the Heineken Cup last weekend.

Dean Budd starts at number eight in place of Manoa Vosawai. Budd started at flank against Quins and his place on the side of the scrum is taken by Simone Favaro.

Treviso will also have plenty of ammunition on the bench with Paul Derbyshire, Kris Burton, Valerio Bernaḅ and Tobias Botes all capable of making an impact later in the match.

Form: Zebre are still seeking a maiden victory in any competition, and have gained just four bonus points so far in the RaboDirect PRO12. Treviso came within three minutes of gaining a notable victory over Leicester Tigers in the European Cup at Stadio Monigo last weekend, eventually losing out by the closest of margins, 13-14. Treviso's only win on the road this season was 27-22 at Edinburgh in round six. This is a first ever meeting between the two teams.

The teams:

Zebre: 15 Sinoti Sinoti, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Matteo Pratichetti, 12 Paolo Buso, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Nicola Cattina (capt), 5 Josh Sole, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Carlo Fazzari, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Salvatore Perugini.
Replacements: 16 Andrea Mancini, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 Michael van Vuuren, 20 Filippo Ferrarini, 21 Alberto Chillon, 22 Samuele Pace, 23 Ruggero Trevisan.

Treviso 15 Luke McLean, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Christian Loamanu, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Tommaso Iannone, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Dean Budd, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Simone Favaro, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Francesco Minto, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (c), 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Matteo Muccignat, 18 Jacobus Roux, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Valerio Bernaḅ, 21 Paul Derbyshire, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 Kristopher Burton.

Date: Saturday, December 22
Kick-off: 15:00 local (14:00 GMT)
Venue: Stadio XXV Aprile
Referee: Laurent Cardona
Assistant Referees: Giuseppe Vivarini, Stefano Roscini
TMO: Mauro Dordolo

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale SharksClermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks Preview
Castres vs LeinsterCastres vs Leinster Preview
Wasps vs HarlequinsWasps vs Harlequins Preview
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92 Preview
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Leinster vs Edinburgh19:35
Glasgow vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Ospreys vs Connacht19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , October 25
Ulster 13 - 23 ToulonUlster vs Toulon Report
Bath 19 - 21 ToulouseBath vs Toulouse Report
Montpellier 13 - 15 GlasgowMontpellier vs Glasgow Report
Northampton 34 - 6 OspreysNorthampton vs Ospreys Report
Scarlets 15 - 3 LeicesterScarlets vs Leicester Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Rovigo 18 - 33 Cardiff Blues
Oyonnax 15 - 25 Gloucester
Exeter 33 - 13 Connacht
Bucuresti 9 - 13 Stade Francais
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Western Province 19 - 16 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 36 - 32 TasmanTaranaki vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 SaracensMunster vs Saracens Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Grenoble 15 - 25 London Irish
La Rochelle 25 - 13 Bayonne
Newport Gwent D'gons 26 - 30 Newcastle
Brive 21 - 26 Zebre
Edinburgh 25 - 17 LOU Rugby
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh 20 - 52 Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615