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- Guinness PRO12
- 5th Oct 2012
- KO 18:05
- Ground: Stadio XXV Aprile
- Att: 2,200
Zebre v Ospreys - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview
Zebre will be without injured fly-half Luciano Orquera for Friday's PRO12 clash with reigning champions the Ospreys at Stadio XXV Aprile.
Orquera has a sprained ankle and is replaced by Alberto Chiesa in the number 10 jersey while Giovanbattista Venditti returns on the wing.
In the only other change to Christian Gajan's starting line-up, Emiliano Caffini is included ahead of Filippo Cristiano on the blindside.
There is a great deal of movement on the bench however as Carlo Festuccia, Salvatore Perugini, Flavio Tripodi, Filippo Ferrarini, Josh Sole, Alberto Benettin and Leonardo Sarto all make the squad.
Ospreys back rowers Justin Tipuric and Joe Bearman are injury concerns and will be monitored before the trip to Italy.
Prop Adam Jones is set to make his first start of the season after making his comeback from injury against Munster last weekend.
Zebre: 15 D Halangahu, 14 G Venditti, 13 M Pratichetti, 12 G Garcia (capt), 11 S Sinoti, 10 A Chiesa, 9 A Chillon, 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 7 M Bergamasco, 6 E Caffini, 5 M Van Vuren, 4 Q Geldenhuys, 3 L Redolfini, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Matias Aguero. Replacements: 16 C Festuccia, 17 S Perugini, 18 F Tripodi, 19 F Ferrarini, 20 J Sole, 21 L Martinelli, 22 A Benettin, 23 L Sarto.
Ospreys: 15 R Fussell, 14 H Dirksen, 13 A Beck, 12 A Bishop, 11 E Walker, 10 D Biggar, 9 K Fotuali'I, 1 R Bevington, 2 S Baldwin, 3 Adam Jones, 4 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt), 5 Ian Evans, 6 Ryan Jones, 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Jonathan Thomas, Replacements: 16 R Hibbard, 17 D Jones, 18 A Jarvis, 19 J Bearman, 20 G Stowers, 21 R Webb, 22 R Jones, 23 J Spratt
What they said...
Ospreys forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys
"I know they are bottom of the league but a couple of their games could have gone either way - the Glasgow game and certainly the defeat to Connacht," he said.
"We've gone out to Italy before and Italian sides have played particularly well against us. They are competitive, dangerous and I find them to be very inventive teams."
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Saturday 6th September|
|TBC||Munster vs Edinburgh|
|TBC||Connacht vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Glasgow vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Ulster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 13th September|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Munster|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Connacht|
|TBC||Ulster vs Zebre|
|TBC||Leinster vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 20th September|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ulster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Munster|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Edinburgh|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Connacht vs Leinster|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 27th September|
|TBC||Leinster vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Munster vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Ulster|
|TBC||Glasgow vs Connacht|
|Saturday 4th October|
|TBC||Leinster vs Munster|
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