Treviso v Zebre - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview

Last updated: 29th December 2012  

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Giovanbattista Venditti: Starting on the wing for Zebre on Saturday

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Franco Smith: Has made changes to his Treviso side to face strugglers Zebre

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It is an all-Italian affair in the RaboDirect PRO12 as Treviso seek to gain back-to-back victories over Zebre.

Zebre remain without a win following last weekend's 10-3 loss in Parma, their 11th consecutive defeat in the competition.

Treviso coach Franco Smith has recalled Tobias Botes and Kris Burton at half-back with Edoardo Gori moving to the wing.

In the pack Paul Derbyshire and Robert Barbieri, who has recovered from the injury suffered against Australia, are added to the back row, while Francesco Minto has been confirmed as lock, but is playing together with Valerio Bernabo. Leonardo Ghiraldini, Bees Roux and Matteo Muccignat team up in the front row.

For Zebre, centre Gonzalo Garcia is back after missing the first derby. Confirmed in the back three are Paolo Buso, who switches from centre to full-back - along with Leonardo Sarto and Italian international Giovanbattista Venditti on the wings.

Luciano Orquera and Alberto Chillon make up the half-backs while their pack sees a completely new front row with props Matias Aguero and Luca Redolfini and Italian international Davide Giazzon back at hooker after being rested.

Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Christian Loamanu, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Edoardo Gori, 10 Kristopher Burton, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Paul Derbyshire, 5 Valerio Bernabo, 4 Francesco Minto, 3 Jacobus Roux, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (c), 1 Matteo Muccignat.
Replacements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Corniel Van Zyl, 20 Dean Budd, 21 Simone Favaro, 22 Fabio Semenzato, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.

Zebre: 15 Paolo Buso, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Sinoti Sinoti, 12 Gonzalo Garcia (c), 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Alberto Chillon, 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Nicola Cattina, 5 Michael Van Vuren, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Luca Redolfini, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Matias Aguero.
Replacements: 16 Andrea Manici, 17 Salvatore Perugini, 18 David Ryan, 19 Emiliano Caffini, 20 Filippo Cristiano, 21 Tito Tebaldi, 22 Alberto Benettin, 23 David Odiete.

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