Planet Rugby

Preview: Ospreys v Treviso

14th February 2014 07:39

Share:

SKY_MOBILE Rhys Webb - Ospreys - 16/12/11

Rhys Webb: 100th Ospreys appearance

Rhys Webb will make his 100th Ospreys appearance in Sunday's Pro12 clash against Treviso at the Liberty Stadium.

"It's good to be heading back to the Liberty after five weeks away," said Head Coach Steve Tandy.

"There has been plenty to like about the performances in recent weeks, with a largely young group of players setting about the job in the absence of our international contingent. They've shown a good attitude, a desire to play in a positive way, and have shown an understanding of how we are trying to take our game,

"After the win against Sale in Bridgend it was a different kind of challenge out in Ulster last week, and we were very unlucky to have to settle for a losing bonus. It was particularly pleasing to see a squad missing more than 20 players through injury and international duty really going toe-to-toe with a far more experienced, star-studded team. With a little more composure, a little more experience, we could have snatched a well deserved win at the death which would have been a fantastic boost for us going into back-to-back home games.

"As it is, we have no margin for error these next two weekends. Treviso will provide us with a tough challenge and we know that we'll need to sharpen up from where we were last weekend. It gets even tougher then next week when we have the league leaders, Munster, here at the Liberty. The games at this time of the year will shape the end of season placings so it's crucial we get the right performance in these games, on and off the field, if we are going to secure a place in the top four.

"Even with the players coming back to us from Wales this weekend, for which we are grateful, this is still a young group we've got. They are growing game by game, and are enjoying having this opportunity to show what they can do. With the young talent coming through, there is a genuinely positive feeling about our future, and I hope that is shared by the supporters. It's important that they get behind the boys, not only this week but between now and the end of the season - and beyond. We are doing our bit for the future in terms of developing local young talent, but we need the community to do their bit as well, bums on seats give us the cash to keep these boys here."

Form: Ospreys three game winning run in the RaboDirect PRO12 came to a halt at Ulster on Friday evening, whilst the Welshmen's only defeat in the competition by an Italian opponent came in Treviso in August 2012. Benetton Treviso have slipped to back-to-back defeats in the tournament against Zebre and Scarlets and have won only once away from home in any tournament since December 2012: 41-17 at the Scarlets in the PRO12 in May 2013. Treviso have won just two of their 13 previous encounters with Ospreys in all competitions, but have been defeated on all six of their previous visits to Liberty Stadium, failing to pick up a single bonus point in those games and conceding five try bonus point in the process.

The teams:

Ospreys: 15 Sam Davies, 14 Jeff Hassler , 13 Jonathan Spratt (c), 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Aisea Natoga, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Joe Bearman, 7 Sam Lewis, 6 Tyler Ardron, 5 James King, 4 Lloyd Peers, 3 Aaron Jarvis, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Ryan Bevington.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Dwyer, 17 Duncan Jones, 18 Dan Suter, 19 Ryan Jones, 20 Dan Baker, 21 Tom Habberfield, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Hanno Dirksen.

Treviso: 15 Mat Berquist, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Andrea Pratichetti, 12 Enrico Bacchin, 11 Brendan Williams, 10 James Ambrosini, 9 Fabio Semenzato, 8 Marco Filippucci, 7 Meyer Swanepoel, 6 Christian Loamanu, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Valerio Bernaḅ (c), 3 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, 2 Franco Sbaraglini, 1 Matteo Muccignat.
Replacements:16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Romulo Acosta, 18 Pedro Di Santo, 19 Giovanni Maistri, 20 Mantvydas Tveraga, 21 Jacopo Sarto, 22 Andrea Menniti-Ippolito, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Date: Sunday, February 16
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Gwyn Morris (Wales), Jon Mason (Wales)
Television match official: Tim Hayes (Wales)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , November 1
Barbarians vs Australia14:30
USA vs New Zealand20:50
More International Match fixtures
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
LV= Cup
Saturday , November 1
Sale Sharks vs Wasps14:00
Exeter vs Gloucester15:00
Bath vs London Welsh15:00
London Irish vs Leicester15:00
Northampton vs Newcastle16:00
More LV= Cup fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Leinster vs Edinburgh19:35
Ospreys vs Connacht19:35
Glasgow vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Saturday , November 1
Cardiff Blues vs Munster17:15
Scarlets vs Zebre18:00
Ulster vs Newport Gwent D'gons19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 1
Lyon vs Toulouse14:45
Racing Metro Paris vs Oyonnax18:30
La Rochelle vs Montpellier18:30
Brive vs Castres18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Bayonne vs Clermont Auvergne20:45
More Top 14 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