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- Guinness PRO12
- 24th Nov 2013
- KO 14:00
- Ground: Stadio Comunale di Monigo
- Att: 6,000
RaboDirect PRO12: In-form Leinster take on Treviso at Stadio Monigo
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In-form Leinster take on Treviso in their their RaboDirect PRO12 clash at Stadio Monigo on Sunday aiming to make it five wins on the bounce in all competitions.
The Irish side will be confident of success, having been victorious in their last 11 fixtures against Italian opponents, while Treviso's only victory in their eight previous clashes with Leinster in all competitions was 29-13 at Stadio Monigo in the PRO12 in September 2010.
The visitors have named Jimmy Gopperth at half-back alongside scrum-half John Cooney, who is set to play his 25th game in Leinster colours.
Noel Reid partners Brendan Macken at centre, with the experience of Australian international Lote Tuqiri joining Darragh Fanning and Darren Hudson in the back three.
Up front, Ireland prop Michael Bent starts in a front-row which includes Aaron Dundon - a try-scorer in the province's 23-19 victory away to the Dragons last time out - and Martin Moore, who makes his 15th appearance for Leinster.
In the second-row, Tom Denton partners Quinn Roux with Rhys Ruddock joining number eight Leo Auva'a and skip Shane Jennings in the back-row.
Ireland scrum-half Eoin Reddan is named on a young replacements' bench which includes seven Academy products.
Meanwhile, Treviso are boosted by the return of Italy international Manoa Vosawai to their starting line-up, with Antonio Pavanello, Alberto Di Bernardo and Alberto Sgarbi on the bench.
The back-three consists of Brendan Williams, Ludovico Nitoglia and Angelo Esposito. Andrea Pratichetti and Christian Loamanu are the centres.
Mat Berquist will team up in the in the half-backs with Fabio Semenzato, which is the scrum-half's 50th Celtic league game.
In the forwards, the front-row sees the return of Alberto De Marchi, together with Franco Sbaraglini and Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet.
The second-rows will be captain Corniel Van Zyl and Marco Fuser, while behind in the back-row, along with Vosawai, there will be Marco Filippucci and Dean Budd.
Treviso: 15 Williams, 14 Nitoglia, 13 Pratichetti, 12 Loamanu, 11 Esposito, 10 Berquist, 9 Semenzato, 8 Filippucci, 7 Budd, 6 Vosawai, 5 Van Zyl (captain), 4 Fuser, 3 Fernandez-Rouyet, 2 Sbaraglini, 1 De Marchi.
Replacements: Ceccato, Muccignat, Di Santo, Pavanello, Giusti, Sgarbi, Ambrosini, Di Bernardo.
Leinster: Hudson, Tuqiri, Macken, Reid, Fanning, Gopperth, Cooney, Auva'a, Jennings (captain), Ruddock, Roux, Denton, Moore, Dundon, Bent.
Replacements: Tracy, O'Connell, Furlong, Marshall, Ryan, Reddan, Marsh, O'Shea.
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|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|
|15:00||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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