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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
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 28 - 13 Zebre|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster|
|Friday 31st October|
|Ospreys 26 - 11 Connacht|
|Glasgow 17 - 9 Benetton Treviso|
|Leinster 33 - 8 Edinburgh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Ospreys 26 - 15 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Ulster 29 - 9 Glasgow|
|Zebre 3 - 20 Leinster|
|Edinburgh 24 - 10 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Friday 10th October|
|Munster 17 - 6 Scarlets|
|Benetton Treviso 6 - 9 Connacht|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Scarlets 26 - 13 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 23 - 40 Glasgow|
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