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Benetton Treviso v Connacht
Rabo Direct Pro 12 Round 5
Friday 4th October 20:30 (19.30 Irish Time)
On TV: TG4 and Mediaset

Connacht travel to Stadio Monigo to take on Treviso on Friday night. Treviso have steadily improved since joining the Rabo Direct Pro 12 in 2010 and finished in a record high 7th place last season with 50 points. Treviso have taken some notable scalps at home over the years and just two weeks ago (for the 2nd season in a row) Munster returned home with 0 points from their visit. Connacht have a mixed record there with a win, a draw and a loss from their 3 visits.

Despite facing a tough set of fixtures Treviso have claimed a creditable 5 points from their 4 fixtures while Connacht have been disappointing in only collecting a solitary 4 pointer from their 4 fixtures to date. Both sides will be looking for a win to round of this series of fixtures but the smart money will be on Treviso to collect their 2nd win of the season.

Treviso Stats
Founded: 1932
Ground: Stadio Monigo
Capacity: 6,700
Captain: Antonio Pavanello
Coach: Franco Smith

Rabo Direct Pro12 League Position 2012/13: 7th Points:50
Heineken Cup: 4th in Pool 2 Points: 5
ERC European Ranking 29th (4 pts)

Previous Results
Treviso 19-24 Ospreys
Scarlets 26-10 Treviso
Treviso 29-19 Munster
Ulster 32-13 Treviso

Next Fixture
Saturday 12th October 2013 14.35 (13.35 Irish time) Treviso v Montpellier @ Stadio Monigo

Heineken Cup (Pool 5)

Italian League: 15 Titles
Italian Cup: 4 Titles

Permit Players 2013/2014
Matteo Ferro Hooker (Rugby Rovigo Delta)
Ornel Gega Hooker (Rugby Mogliano)
Andrea Lovotti Prop (Rugby Calvisano)
Jean-Fran├žois Montauriol Lock (Rugby Rovigo Delta)
Mantvydas Tveraga Lock (Petrarca Rugby)
Marco Barbini Flanker (Rugby Mogliano)
Filippo Giusti Flanker (Petrarca Rugby)
Tommaso Boni Centre (Rugby Mogliano)
Joe van Niekerk Centre (Rugby Rovigo Delta)
Denis Majstorovic Wing (Rugby Club I Cavalieri Prato)
Edoardo Padovani Full Back (Rugby Mogliano)

Players In 2013/2014
Matt Berquist from France Biarritz Olympique

Players Out 2013/2014
Tommaso Iannone to Zebre
Giulio Toniolatti to Zebre
Tommaso Benvenuti to USA Perpignan
Kris Burton to Newport Gwent Dragons
Bees Roux to Golden Lions

Previous Meetings

Friday 26th April 2013 Rabo Direct Pro 12 Treviso 23-23 Connacht

Saturday 3rd November 2012 Connacht 18-3 Treviso

Friday 2nd December 2011 Connacht 13-15 Treviso

Saturday 3rd September 2011 Treviso 9-11 Connacht
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