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Treviso Buckley
Connacht trail Treviso by one point in the current standings and need something out of this away trip to re-ignite their season's start.

Starting XV: 15 Gavin Duffy, 14 Tiernan O’Halloran, 13 Danie Poolman, 12 Eoin Griffin, 11 Fionn Carr, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Paul O’Donohoe
1 Rodney Ah You, 2 Sean Henry, 3 Ronan Loughney, 4 Aly Muldowney, 5 Craig Clarke (C), 6 Andrew Browne, 7 Jake Heenan, 8 George Naoupu
Replacements: 16 James Rael, 17 Brett Wilkinson, 18 Nathan White, 19 John Muldoon 20 Mata Fifita, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Jack Carty, 23 Matt Healy
Unavailable/Injured:  Denis Buckley, Willie Faloon, Conor Finn, Jason Harris-Wright, Robbie Henshaw, Eoin McKeon, Shane Layden, Tadhg Leader, Dave McSharry, Frank Murphy, Miah Nikora, Craig Ronaldson, James So’oialo, Michael Swift, Kyle Tonetti, and Marcus Walsh

Starting XV: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Christian Loamanu, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 Edoardo Gori
1 Michele Rizzo, 2 Enrico Ceccato, 3 Alberto De Marchi, 4 Antonio Pavanello (C), 5 Marco Fuser, 6 Simone Favaro, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 8 Robert Barbieri
Replacements: 16 Giovanni Maistri, 17 Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, 18 Pedro Di Santo, 19 Valerio Bernabò, 20 Dean Budd, 21 Luca Morisi, 22 Luke McLean, 23 Tobias Botes

Venue: Stadio Monigo, Treviso, Italy
Date: Saturday, 03rd October 2013
Kick-off: 19:30
TV Broadcasts: Mediaset / TG4, Rabo Matchday Live
Referee: Neil Hennessy (WRU, 15th competition game)

A painful start to the season so far for Connacht fans, but last week's display against Osprey's showed some very positive signs among the rough edges of Pat Lam's new system. Impressive bouts of attack, and indeed sucessful tries, were the outcome of genuine endevour from the Connacht Squad. The good work was undone however by serious lapses in concentration in defense, especially for their first try, when the entire team stopped playing after a penalty advantage was awarded against them. For Tebaldi's try Connacht players seemed to be waiting for someone to tell them what to do (i.e. tackle the man with the ball). Serious work will need to have been done to shore up these lapses and solidify whatever system Lam has been trying to introduce.

The starting team this week see Duffy continue at full-back, with a different set of wingers; Tiernan in for Poolman, and Carr in for Healy. Poolman moves into outside centre to partner Griffin there for the second time this season, while Healy has dropped to the bench. Henshaw is missing from the squad due to the IRFU Player Welfare programme.
The outhalf pairing is entirely changed with Parks re-claiming his starting position after Ronaldson's injury ruled him out. This means that academy out-half Jack Carty is promoted to his first senior matchday squad of his career [CORRECTION: Jack Carty made his senior debut last year, away to Glasgow -- thanks to Ummm on the forum for that one]. Paul O'Donohoe's impressive cameos have been rewarded with a start, with Marmion swapping to the bench.
The pack sees both props swapping with their replacements from last week, meaning that Ah You and Loughney start at the front with Sean Henry. Henry was very good last week finding his man in the lineout and scrummaging well. Connacht supporters will hope that Ah You can deliver on the belief invested in him by various Connacht coaches, and that Loughney can re-discover the form of two seasons ago that saw him in Irish training camps and won him the Connacht Clan's Player of the Season award.
In the second row Muldowney and Clarke start after an injury to Swift. Clarke put in a great effort last week, and Lam has awarded him the captain's arm-band this week in Swift's absense. In the back row, Browne and Heenan retain their positions on the flank, but John Muldoon is replaced by George Naoupu. This would have come as a shock inclusion to many Connacht supporters as George has yet to reach the peak of his powers this season, and Muldoon has been his usual disruptive self on the pitch.

The Treviso starting XV has three changes from the side that lost to Ulster, the most crucial being the loss of their star out-half Matt Berquist, who joined the Italiams from Biarritz this season. Alberto Di Bernardo, their regular starter from last season fills that spot, and no doubt will be looking to make an impression over his foriegn rival. 35 year old Aussie veteran Brendan Williams comes in at full back to replace 26 year old Aussie verteran Luke McLean, where he will be ably assisted by winger Ludovico Nitoglia who scored a brace of tries in Treviso momentus victory over Munster. The final change comes up front where Robert Barbieri, who had an impressive 8 tries last season for Treviso, is in at Number 8 for Manoa Vosawai.

Treviso will be looking to put right what they see as a bad performance against Ulster last week, and what a perfect opportunity they now have to do that against another Irish province who they must feel have come out on the right side of too many close fought battles. They have the talent enough to do it, but missing their playmaker Berquist and their starting full back, they may not have the nous to get their scorers over the line. Connacht's discipline will need to be high to avoid givnig away penalties in their 22, but aside from that they may have the matching of them on the park, and the beating of them in the backline. One worry is that Connacht scrum could crumble but if that does not play a major part in the match then Connacht should trust in their discipline and their backline.

The Connacht Clan are watching the match live in The Dáil Bar this evening, so come along and support us by supporting The Dáil. Plus you'll get to air your grievences about the ref to more than the dog and the telly!
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