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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 1
- 19th Dec 2009
- KO 13:30
- Ground: Stadio Comunale di Monigo
- Att: 2,500
Treviso v Northampton: Teams
At Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Saturday December 19, kick-off 1.30pm
Northampton boss Jim Mallinder is wary of an upset when he takes his side to Treviso.
The Italians caused an upset by beating Perpignan at home - and although they have lost to Munster and the Saints, Mallinder was impressed with what he saw from them at Franklin's Garden.
"Treviso have won their only home Heineken Cup game so far, and were very competitive last weekend here in Northampton," said Mallinder.
"Our away record has improved this season but it will come under a lot of pressure in Italy tomorrow. Nevertheless it will be a good experience for us.
"We've been told it will be cold and probably snowing, so there will be tricky conditions. We have got to win the game first and that is what we are aiming at."
The match will mark the 100th appearance for England hooker Dylan Hartley.
Mallinder added: "Dylan has matured a lot over the past couple of years and this has been helped by his continued exposure to Heineken Cup and Guinness Premiership rugby.
"He is still young for a front-row forward and has a lot of rugby to play in his career.
"Dylan has led the team superbly so far this season and he will have to do so again tomorrow."
Treviso: 15 L McLean, 14 E Mulieri, 13 A Sgarbi, 12 G Garcia, 11 A Vilk, 10 M Goosen, 9 S Picone, 1 M Rizzo, 2 L Ghiraldini, 3 I Fernandez Rouyet, 4 A Pavanello [capt], 5 C van Zyl, 6 B Vermaak , 7 A Zanni, 8 D Kingi.
Replacements: 16 D Vidal, 17 A Allori, 18 P di Santo, 19 E Pavanello, 20 M Filippucci, 21 F Semenzato, 22 F Waters, 23 T Botes
Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Jon Clarke, 12 James Downey, 11 Joe Ansbro, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Neil Best, 6 Phil Dowson, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Dylan Hartley (capt), 1 Soane Tonga'uiha.
Replacements: 16 Brett Sharman, 17 Brian Mujati, 18 Santiago Bonorino, 19 Christian Day, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Alan Dickens, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Chris Mayor.
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