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Preview: Treviso v Ulster

11th December 2013 09:05

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Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe has selected an unchanged team for Saturday's Heineken Cup clash with Treviso at Stadio Monigo.

The province beat the same opposition 48-0 at Ravenhill last weekend.

It is the first time in his year and a half in charge of the side that Anscombe has named the same 23 for two consecutive matches.

The game will be particularly significant for Ulster lock, Dan Tuohy, who makes his 100th appearance for the Province.

"I was aware at the end of last season that I was sitting in the high 80s so I knew I was going to hit it at some point this year," said Tuohy.

"It's nice and it's something that I will look back on at the end of my career and be proud of. Having reached 100 appearances for Ulster is definitely special."

The match will also see Ulster tighthead prop, John Afoa, make his 50th appearance for Ulster and Andrew Trimble will play his 57th game in the Heineken Cup, equaling David Humphreys' Ulster appearance record in the competition.

Meanwhile, Treviso will be eager to mark coach Franco Smith's final game in charge with a victory.

Brendan Williams also makes his 50th Heineken Cup appearance at full-back for the Italian outfit.

"It has been a privilege to work at the club and I want to thank everyone involved, the fans and the players who have worked with me and believed in me," Smith told the ERC website.

"I tried to change the way we play and we have gone through blood, sweat and tears but it has been a dream come true."

But Treviso will have their work out in giving Smith a winning send-off, having succumbed to a 48-0 hammering at Ravenhill a week ago, and with Ulster currently topping the tournament point-scoring charts with 95.

The teams:

Treviso: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Manoa Vosawai, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Cornelius van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello (c), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Giovanni Maistri, 17 Alberto de Marchi, 18 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, 19 Valerio Bernabo, 20 Dean Budd, 21 Paul Derbyshire, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 James Ambrosini.

Ulster: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Sean Doyle, 6 Robbie Diack, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Johann Muller, 3 John Afoa, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16 Niall Annet, 17 Callum Black, 18 Declan Fitzpatrick, 19 Neil McComb, 20 Mike McComish, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Michael Allen, 23 David McIlwaine.

Date: Saturday 14th December
Venue: Stadio Monigo
Kick-off: 14:35 local, 13:35 GMT
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
Assistant referees: Steve Lee, Roy Maybank (both England)
TMO: Trevor Fisher (England)

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