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- Guinness PRO12
- 5th Oct 2012
- KO 19:30
- Ground: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
- Att: 4,304
Edinburgh v Treviso - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview
Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley has named a strong side to tackle Treviso at Murrayfield as the club target a return to winning ways in the PRO12.
The Italians have taken notable scalps this season, stunning the division with their opening defeat of champions, Ospreys, followed by last week's win against the then pace-setting Scarlets.
Alongside the returning David Denton are openside flanker Roddy Grant and number eight Dimitri Basilaia, who gets his first start for Edinburgh.
Hooker and Scotland captain, Ross Ford, comes back into the squad with tighthead prop WP Nel, to join forces with Allan Jacobsen in the front-row, while lock Grant Gilchrist reforms a familiar second-row partnership with Sean Cox.
Fly-half Greig Laidlaw returns to captain the side and partners scrum-half Chris Leck, who gets his first start of the season, while Matt Scott returns to partner Ben Atiga in midfield and Lee Jones comes on to the wing.
Alberto Sgarbi and Tommaso Benvenuti make up the centres for Treviso with Tommaso Iannone and Tobias Botes on the wing.
Simone Favaro returns and wears the club's number six jersey. Antonio Pavanello and Francesco Minto both start while Enrico Ceccato, Alberto De Marchi and Julius Kennedy are on the bench.
Edinburgh: 15 G Tonks, 14 L Jones, 13 M Scott, 12 B Atiga, 11 T Visser, 10 G Laidlaw (c), 9 C Leck, 8 D Basilaia, 7 R Grant, 6 D Denton, 5 S Cox, 4 G Gilchrist, 3 WP Nel, 2 R Ford, 1 A Jacobsen. Replacements: 16 A Titterrell, 17 J Yapp, 18 L Niven, 19 N Talei, 20 R Rennie, 21 R Rees, 22 J Houston, 23 D Fife.
Treviso: 15 L McLean, 14 T Iannone, 13 T Benvenuti, 12 A Sgarbi, 11 T Botes, 10 A Di Bernardo, 9 F Semenzato
8 R Barbieri, 7 A Zanni, 6 S Favaro, 5 F Minto, 4 A Pavanello (cpt), 3 L Cittadini, 2 L Ghiraldini, 1 M Rizzo. Replacements: 16 E Ceccato, 17 A De Marchi, 18 P Di Santo, 19 V Bernabo, 20 D Budd, 21 P Derbyshire, 22 K Burton, 23 G Toniolatti
What they said...
Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley
"We always enjoy playing at home, and played well against Treviso here last season (Edinburgh won the match 44-21), so we're looking forward to the match and the opportunity to get our campaign back on the front foot for our home fans," he said.
"Treviso are a strong, physical, team and have more than half the Italian national side, so we certainly don't want to get into an arm wrestle with them.
"Our focus will be on retaining our shape and our width and putting pressure on them in the wide channels, something which characterises our style of play.
"We'd certainly prefer to go into the Heineken Cup having won our previous match however this game's importance lies with the RaboDirect PRO12 and our ambition to climb the table and make the play-offs."
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 21st December|
|16:00||Dragons vs Zebre|
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Dragons|
|17:00||Munster vs Leinster|
|18:45||Ulster vs Connacht|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:40||Glasgow vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons 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||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|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|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 28 - 13 Zebre|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster|
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