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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
|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|
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