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- Guinness PRO12
- 3rd May 2013
- KO 19:45
- Ground: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
- Att: 9,129
RaboDirect PRO12: Scarlets v Treviso preview
The Scarlets will look to secure their spot in the RaboDirect PRO12 semi-finals when they host Treviso at Parc y Scarlets on Friday night.
The Welsh region are fourth in the table - four points ahead of fifth-placed Ospreys - following a 24-6 win over Cardiff Blues last time.
The hosts have named an unchanged line-up to the team that beat the Blues, with tighthead prop Samson Lee back in his starting spot after having to be withdrawn at the last minute through illness last time out.
With the impressive impact the bench had in the Cardiff Blues game, Simon Easterby has brought back all 23 players who took the Scarlets to victory at home against the Blues.
Meanwhile, Treviso lock Antonio Pavanello returns to the starting XV to captain the side. He is back as a first-choice player, together with Giovanni Maistri and Bees Roux in the front-row and Manoa Vosawai in the back row.
The half-backs will be Edoardo Gori and Kris Burton, who will be playing at his last match for Treviso.
Doppies La Grange and Michele Capagnaro are confirmed as centres while Ludovico Nitoglia, Christian Loamanu and Brendan Williams will make up the back three.
Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Rob McCusker (capt), 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Johan Synman, 4 George Earle, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Phil John.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Jacobie Adriannse, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Sione Timani, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Gareth Maule.
Treviso: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Christian Loamanu, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Doppies La Grange, 11 Ludovico Nitoglia, 10 Kristopher Burton, 9 Edoardo Gori,8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Manoa Vosawai, 5 Antonio Pavanello (c), 4 Francesco Minto, 3 Bees Roux, 2 Giovanni Maistri, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Enrico Ceccato, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, 19 Valerio Bernabò, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Fabio Semenzato, 22 James Ambrosini, 23 Luca Morisi.
What they said...
Scarlets forwards coach Danny Wilson
"This is effectively a Scarlets quarter-final and as players and coaches we're looking forward to another night of vocal support from our home crowd. It was great for the Blues and lifted the players and if we can do that again one last time at home, it's set to be a very memorable night for everyone at Parc y Scarlets on Friday night."
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 21st November|
|19:30||Dragons vs Munster|
|19:35||Ulster vs Ospreys|
|19:35||Connacht vs Zebre|
|19:35||Scarlets vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|14:30||Treviso vs Leinster|
|16:00||Edinburgh vs Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Benetton Treviso|
|19:35||Munster vs Ulster|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Zebre vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Leinster vs Ospreys|
|19:30||Connacht vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 30th November|
|16:00||Glasgow vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Friday 19th December|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Benetton Treviso|
|19:35||Leinster vs Connacht|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:40||Glasgow vs Munster|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Ulster|
|Sunday 21st December|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Zebre|
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|17:00||Munster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 27th December|
|TBC||Ulster vs Connacht|
|14:40||Glasgow vs Edinburgh|
|16:00||Zebre vs Benetton Treviso|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 28 - 13 Zebre|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster|
|Friday 31st October|
|Ospreys 26 - 11 Connacht|
|Glasgow 17 - 9 Benetton Treviso|
|Leinster 33 - 8 Edinburgh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Ospreys 26 - 15 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Ulster 29 - 9 Glasgow|
|Zebre 3 - 20 Leinster|
|Edinburgh 24 - 10 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Friday 10th October|
|Munster 17 - 6 Scarlets|
|Benetton Treviso 6 - 9 Connacht|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Scarlets 26 - 13 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 23 - 40 Glasgow|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Leinster 23 - 34 Munster|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Ulster 30 - 0 Edinburgh|
|Zebre 14 - 15 Ospreys|
|Connacht 24 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
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