Preview: Glasgow v Treviso

Date published: October 30 2014

Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend has rotated his in-form side to face Treviso in their Guinness PRO12 clash at Scotstoun Stadium.

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend has rotated his in-form side to take on Treviso in their Guinness PRO12 clash at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday.

Peter Murchie comes in at full-back for Stuart Hogg, while Lee Jones and DTH van der Merwe start on either wing, in place of Sean Maitland and Tommy Seymour.

Richie Vernon returns from injury and partners James Downey at centre, with the duo having played together for Currie in the BT Premiership last weekend.

Peter Horne comes in for Finn Russell at fly-half, while Fijian international Niko Matawalu replaces Henry Pyrgos at scrum-half.

In the forwards Ryan Grant returns from a shoulder injury at loose-head, Pat MacArthur is retained at hooker and Rossouw de Klerk comes in for Euan Murray at tight-head.

Tom Ryder and Leone Nakarawa start in the second-row, with Ryan Wilson also returning from injury at number 8 and Josh Strauss moving to blind-side flanker in place of Rob Harley. Chris Fusaro continues at open-side.

Will Bordill could make his competitive debut for the club from the bench, while Zander Fagerson is in line to make his first appearance at Scotstoun after being named among the replacements. The 18-year-old prop came off the bench in the win against Benetton Treviso at the start of the month.

Canadian international back Connor Braid has returned from a three-week loan period with London Scottish and could make his first competitive appearance for the club.

Meanwhile, Treviso have included two new faces in the backline with Alberto Lucchese at scrum-half and Enrico Bacchin at centre alongside Michele Campagnaro, already on the scorers’ list with a double in the previous meeting between the two teams on October 5 at Stadio Monigo.

In the pack, the back-row will see Italian internationals Francesco Minto and Simone Favaro start alongside Alessandro Zanni, who will make his 50th appeareance in the PRO12.

Another important milestone will see Corniel Van Zyl earn his 150th cap for Benetton Treviso. He will play alongside Tomas Vallejos.

Up front, Davide Giazzon and Matteo Zanusso are confirmed as starters, while tighthead prop will be Salesi Manu.

Form: Glasgow Warriors’ solitary defeat so far this season in any tournament was 9-29 at Ulster in round 6 of the Pro12. The Warriors have won their last ten matches at Scotstoun since Toulon won there in the European Cup in January. Benetton Treviso have slipped to eleven straight defeats in all tournaments since beating Newport Gwent Dragons at Stadio Monigo in round 19 last season. The Italians have not recorded a victory on the road since the final game of the 2012/13 season, at Scarlets. Glasgow have won their last six encounters with Treviso since the Italian’s 15-13 victory at Firhill on 23rd September 2011, since then, Benetton have won only once in Scotland: 27-22 against Edinburgh at Murrayfield in October 2012.

The teams:

Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Richie Vernon, 12 James Downey, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Peter Horne, 9 Niko Matawalu, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Josh Strauss (capt), 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 James Eddie, 20 Will Bordill, 21 Murray McConnell, 22 Connor Braid, 23 Rory Hughes.

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Simone Ragusi, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Enrico Bacchin, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Alberto Lucchese, 8 Francesco Minto, 7 Alessandro Zanni (capt), 6 Simone Favaro, 5 Corniel Van Zyl, 4 Tomas Vallejos, 3 Salesi Manu, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Matteo Zanusso.
Replacements: 16 Amar Kudin, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Rupert Harden, 19 Mat Luamanu, 20 Marco Lazzaroni, 21 Marco Barbini, 22 Luca Morisi, 23 James Ambrosini.

Date: Friday, October 31
Venue: Scotstoun, Glasgow
Kickoff: 19:35 local (GMT)
Referee: Ian Davies
Assistant Referees: Neil Paterson, Lloyd Linton