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- Guinness PRO12
- 24th Nov 2013
- KO 14:00
- Ground: Stadio Comunale di Monigo
- Att: 6,000
RaboDirect PRO12: In-form Leinster take on Treviso at Stadio Monigo
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In-form Leinster take on Treviso in their their RaboDirect PRO12 clash at Stadio Monigo on Sunday aiming to make it five wins on the bounce in all competitions.
The Irish side will be confident of success, having been victorious in their last 11 fixtures against Italian opponents, while Treviso's only victory in their eight previous clashes with Leinster in all competitions was 29-13 at Stadio Monigo in the PRO12 in September 2010.
The visitors have named Jimmy Gopperth at half-back alongside scrum-half John Cooney, who is set to play his 25th game in Leinster colours.
Noel Reid partners Brendan Macken at centre, with the experience of Australian international Lote Tuqiri joining Darragh Fanning and Darren Hudson in the back three.
Up front, Ireland prop Michael Bent starts in a front-row which includes Aaron Dundon - a try-scorer in the province's 23-19 victory away to the Dragons last time out - and Martin Moore, who makes his 15th appearance for Leinster.
In the second-row, Tom Denton partners Quinn Roux with Rhys Ruddock joining number eight Leo Auva'a and skip Shane Jennings in the back-row.
Ireland scrum-half Eoin Reddan is named on a young replacements' bench which includes seven Academy products.
Meanwhile, Treviso are boosted by the return of Italy international Manoa Vosawai to their starting line-up, with Antonio Pavanello, Alberto Di Bernardo and Alberto Sgarbi on the bench.
The back-three consists of Brendan Williams, Ludovico Nitoglia and Angelo Esposito. Andrea Pratichetti and Christian Loamanu are the centres.
Mat Berquist will team up in the in the half-backs with Fabio Semenzato, which is the scrum-half's 50th Celtic league game.
In the forwards, the front-row sees the return of Alberto De Marchi, together with Franco Sbaraglini and Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet.
The second-rows will be captain Corniel Van Zyl and Marco Fuser, while behind in the back-row, along with Vosawai, there will be Marco Filippucci and Dean Budd.
Treviso: 15 Williams, 14 Nitoglia, 13 Pratichetti, 12 Loamanu, 11 Esposito, 10 Berquist, 9 Semenzato, 8 Filippucci, 7 Budd, 6 Vosawai, 5 Van Zyl (captain), 4 Fuser, 3 Fernandez-Rouyet, 2 Sbaraglini, 1 De Marchi.
Replacements: Ceccato, Muccignat, Di Santo, Pavanello, Giusti, Sgarbi, Ambrosini, Di Bernardo.
Leinster: Hudson, Tuqiri, Macken, Reid, Fanning, Gopperth, Cooney, Auva'a, Jennings (captain), Ruddock, Roux, Denton, Moore, Dundon, Bent.
Replacements: Tracy, O'Connell, Furlong, Marshall, Ryan, Reddan, Marsh, O'Shea.
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|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Dragons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ulster|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Connacht|
|TBC||Leinster vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Munster|
|17:15||Glasgow vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 28th February|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Zebre 16 - 26 Treviso|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Ospreys 17 - 15 Scarlets|
|Glasgow Warriors 16 - 6 Edinburgh|
|Friday 26th December|
|Ulster 13 - 10 Connacht|
|Munster 28 - 13 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 17 - 23 Dragons|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Dragons 25 - 11 Zebre|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|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|
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