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Preview: Treviso v Leinster

22nd November 2013 09:37

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Jimmy Gopperth of Leinster Heineken Cup

Fly-half: Jimmy Gopperth

Leinster have named Jimmy Gopperth alongside John Cooney at half-back for their RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Treviso at Stadio Monigo on Sunday.

Scrum-half Cooney set to play his 25th game in Leinster colours. Noel Reid partners Brendan Macken at centre, with the experience of Australian international Lote Tuqiri joining Darragh Fanning and Darren Hudson in the back three.

Up front, Ireland prop Michael Bent starts in a front-row which includes Aaron Dundon - a try-scorer in the province's 23-19 victory away to the Dragons last time out - and Martin Moore who makes his 15th appearance for Leinster.

In the second-row, Tom Denton partners Quinn Roux with Rhys Ruddock (in what will be his 67th cap) joining number eight Leo Auva'a and skip Shane Jennings in the back-row.

Ireland scrum-half Eoin Reddan is named on a young replacements bench which includes seven Academy products.

Meanwhile, Treviso are boosted by the return of Italy international Manoa Vosawai to their starting line-up, with Antonio Pavanello, Alberto Di Bernardo and Alberto Sgarbi on the bench.

The back-three consists of Brendan Williams, Ludovico Nitoglia and Angelo Esposito. Andrea Pratichetti and Christian Loamanu are the centres.

Mat Berquist will team up in the in the half-backs with Fabio Semenzato, which is the scrum-half's 50th Celtic league game.

In the forwards, the front-row sees the return of Alberto De Marchi, together with Franco Sbaraglini and Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet.

The second-rows will be captain Corniel Van Zyl and Marco Fuser, while behind in the back-row, along with Vosawai, there will be Marco Filippucci and Dean Budd.

Form: Benetton Treviso have won just one of their last four matches in the RaboDirect PRO12: 23-3 at home to Connacht in Round 5, the only one of those games played in Treviso. The Italians have lost only one PRO12 games at Stadio Monigo in the last twelve months: 19-24 to Ospreys on 7th September. The Italian's only defeat in their last six encounters with Irish provinces was 13-32 in Ulster in September. Leinster have won their last four matches in all tournaments, and have been victorious in their last eleven fixtures against Italian opponents. Treviso's only victory in their eight previous clashes with Leinster in all competitions was 29-13 at Stadio Monigo in the PRO12 in September 2010.

The teams:

Treviso: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Andrea Pratichetti, 12 Christian Loamanu, 11 Angelo Esposito, 10 Mat Berquist, 9 Fabio Semenzato, 8 Marco Filippucci, 7 Dean Budd, 6 Manoa Vosawai, 5 Corniel Van Zyl (capt), 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, 2 Franco Sbaraglini, 1 Alberto De Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Matteo Muccignat, 18 Pedro Di Santo, 19 Antonio Pavanello, 20 Filippo Giusti, 21 Alberto Sgarbi, 22 James Ambrosini, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Leinster: 15 Darren Hudson, 14 Lote Tuqiri, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Darragh Fanning, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 John Cooney, 8 Leo Auva'a, 7 Shane Jennings (capt), 6 Rhys Ruddock, 5 Quinn Roux, 4 Tom Denton, 3 Martin Moore, 2 Aaron Dundon, 1 Michael Bent.
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Jack O'Connell, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Ben Marshall, 20 Dominic Ryan, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Cathal Marsh, 23 Collie O'Shea.

Date: Sunday, November 24
Kick-off: 15:00 local (14:00 GMT)
Venue: Stadio Monigo
Referee: tba (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Elia Rizzo (Italy), Giorgio Sgardiolo (Italy)
Television match official: Mauro Dordolo (Italy)

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