Heineken Cup Pool 5: Benetton Treviso v Ulster preview

Last updated: 13th December 2013  

Heineken Cup Pool 5: Benetton Treviso v Ulster preview

Dan Tuohy: Will make his 100th appearance for Ulster at Stadio Monigo

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Ulster lock Dan Tuohy will make his 100th appearance for the province in Saturday's Heineken Cup clash at Benetton Treviso.

The 28-year-old bagged one of the Irish province's seven tries during last weekend's 48-0 victory over the same opposition at Ravenhill.

"I was aware at the end of last season that I was sitting in the high 80s so I knew I was going to hit it at some point this year," said Tuohy.

"It's nice and it's something that I will look back on at the end of my career and be proud of. Having reached 100 appearances for Ulster is definitely special."

The trip to Stadio Monigo will also see prop John Afoa win his 50th Ulster cap as Mark Anscombe's side attempt to maintain their 100 per cent record in Pool 5.

It is also a landmark match for Treviso, with coach Franco Smith stepping down after the game.

Full-back Brendan Williams makes his 50th appearance for the Italians, who have lost all five meetings with Ulster in the Heineken Cup.

"It has been a privilege to work at the club and I want to thank everyone involved, the fans and the players who have worked with me and believed in me," said Smith.

"I tried to change the way we play and we have gone through blood, sweat and tears but it has been a dream come true."

Treviso: 15 Williams, 14 Nitoglia, 13 Campagnaro, 12 Sgarbi, 11 McLean, 10 Di Bernardo, 9 Gori; 1 Rizzo, 2 Ghiraldini, 3 Cittadini, 4 Pavanello (c), 5 van Zyl, 6 Zanni, 7 Vosawai, 8 Barbieri.

Replacements: 16 Maistri, 17 de Marchi, 18 Rouyet, 19 Bernabo, 20 Budd, 21 Derbyshire, 22 Botes, 23 Ambrosini.

Ulster: 15 Payne, 14 Trimble, 13 Cave, 12 L Marshall, 11 Gilroy, 10 Jackson, 9 Pienaar; 1 Court, 2 Herring, 3 Afoa, 4 Muller (c), 5 Tuohy, 6 Diack, 7 Doyle, 8 Wilson.

Replacements: 16 Annett, 17 Black, 18 Fitzpatrick, 19 McComb, 20 McComish, 21 P Marshall, 22 Allen, 23 McIlwaine.

Watch Treviso v Ulster live on Sky Sports 2 red button from 1.35pm on Saturday