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- Guinness PRO12
- 23rd Feb 2012
- KO 19:35
- Ground: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
- Att: 6,594
Scarlets v Treviso: Teams
At Parc y Scarlets, Thursday February 23, kick-off 7.35pm
The Scarlets welcome back several Wales internationals for Thursday's RaboDirect PR012 clash with Treviso at Parc y Scarlets.
The Llanelli-based side's have Liam Williams (wing), Lou Reed (second row), Aaron Shingler (back row) and Rhodri Jones (Prop) all back on the bench after being released from the national squad..
Having won their last five league games at home, the West Wales region will be looking to extend their winning ways and their best home run since moving to the new stadium in 2008.
But after losing their last two games on the road head of rugby Nigel Davies is keen for his troops to return to their winning ways.
"It was tough on the players last week at the RDS, that was a hard-fought, physical game and we competed against them very well," he said.
"It always going to swing on a couple of key moments, unfortunately it was a really tough call in the end and I was really disappointed for the players they put their all into that performance.
"It was hard to be too critical of them as they did exactly what we asked of them - to go there and compete and we were on even terms throughout that game.
"We take a lot out of that performance and will bring that level of commitment and passion into this must-win game on Thursday night.
"It's great to have some of our international players back but they haven't trained with us and with greater competition now for places it's the right decision to have an effective and high impact bench - as it's been another short turnaround for us with a Thursday night game."
Treviso continue their Celtic adventure after losing against two Irish teams in recent weeks, but are missing 15 first-choice players through injuries and international duty.
Coach Franco Smith has selected the back three seen in Dublin against Leinster with Ludovico Nitoglia starting at full-back and Benjamin De Jager and Brendan Williams as the wings.
In the midfield Andrea Pratichetti is playing with Tommaso Iannone, who returns in his old role as outside centre while Willem De Waal and Simon Picone are the half-back pairing.
Up front, Marco Filippucci starts at number eight while Gonzalo Padṛ and Manoa Vosawai return as first-choice flankers.
The starting locks are Valerio Bernaḅ and Enrico Pavanello, who reaches his 216th cap with Treviso, passing Alessandro Troncon and Piero Dotto and equalling Valter Cristofoletto in the top 10 of the club's all-time appearance list.
The front row sees Pedro Di Santo and Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet starting as the props with captain Franco Sbaraglini at hooker.
Replacements: 16 Craig Hawkins, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Peter Edwards, 19 Lou Reed, 20 Aaron Shingler, 21 Liam Davies, 22 Nick Reynolds, 23 Liam Williams.
Replacements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Augusto Allori, 18 Carlo Fazzari, 19 Benjamin Vermaak, 20 Diego Vidal, 21 Ezio Galon, 22 Gonzalo Garcia, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.
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|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|19:35||Ulster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 25th April|
|TBC||Munster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Connacht vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 9th May|
|TBC||Ulster vs Munster|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Connacht 53 - 5 Treviso|
|Zebre 23 - 17 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 15 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Munster 22 - 10 Glasgow Warriors|
|Friday 27th February|
|Ospreys 9 - 9 Leinster|
|Ulster 25 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
|Sunday 11th January|
|Ospreys 22 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 20 - 24 Ulster|
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