Match Preview: Benetton v Zebre Parma

Match Preview: Benetton v Zebre Parma

Stadio Monigo, Treviso – KO 13.30 IRE & UK / 14.30 ITA / 15.30 SA

Referee: Gianluca Gnecchi (FIR, 28th league game)

AR 1: Federico Vedovelli (FIR) AR 2: Alex Frasson (FIR)

TMO: Stefano Roscini (FIR)

Live on: Sky Italia, Viaplay, SuperSport, Premier Sports, Flo Rugby &

Benetton: Rhyno Smith, Ignacio Mendy, Tommaso Menoncello, Malakai Fekitoa, Onisi Ratave, Leonardo Marin, Alessandro Garbisi, Mirco Spagnolo, Gianmarco Lucchesi, Giosuè Zilocchi, Niccolò Cannone, Eli Snyman, Alessandro Izekor, Michele Lamaro (CAPT), Sebastian Negri

Replacements: Bautista Bernasconi, Thomas Gallo, Tiziano Pasquali, Federico Ruzza, Lorenzo Cannone, Dewaldt Duvenage, Tomas Albornoz, Marco Zanon

Zebre Parma: Geronimo Prisciantelli (CAPT), Pierre Bruno, Luca Morisi, Damiano Mazza, Simone Gesi, Giovanni Montemauri, Gonzalo Garcia, Danilo Fischetti, Luca Bigi, Juan Pitinari, David Sisi, Andrea Zambonin, Guido Volpi, Iacopo Bianchi, Davide Ruggeri

Replacements: Giampietro Ribaldi, Luca Rizzoli, Matteo Nocera, Leonard Krumov, Luca Andreani, Alessandro Fusco, Scott Gregory, Giacomo Ferrari

 Benetton Head Coach Marco Bortolami: “I made some changes, based on a physiological turnover, especially in the forward package. On the back row we tried to have a good balance between physicality, ability to carry the ball and contest match points. Lorenzo Cannone returned this week after the chest problem, so I prefer to start him on the bench. As numbers 9 and 10 there are Garbisi and Marin, I think their quality is to give speed to the game and that's what I expect in the right areas of the pitch. The choice of Mendy instead of Odogwu must be seen from the perspective of a player who is more intent on aerial play, an aspect that will be very important tomorrow”

Zebre Parma Head coach Fabio Roselli said"It will be another very tough game; we will have to be more solid and consistent in defence, without conceding easy tries and above all realising all the opportunities we create. We are aware that our drive can work well but we still need more balance in the strategic phase in attack".

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