Heineken Cup Pool 5: Montpellier v Treviso preview
Last Updated: 17/01/14 3:25pm
Action from Round 1 of the Heineken Cup.
Treviso travel to Montpellier for their final Pool 5 fixture still looking for their first point of the Heineken Cup.
The Italians are without New Zealander Mat Berquist, meaning James Ambrosini starts at fly-half alongside Tobias Botes, who comes in for Edoardo Gori at scrum-half.
Valerio Bernabo captains the side from lock in the absence of Antonio Pavanello.
Montpellier are also already out of quarter-final contention after four defeats from five.
But they are looking for a morale-boosting performance before they head back into Top 14 action against Bordeaux-Begles.
Rene Ranger, Francois Trinh-Duc, Jim Hamilton and Nicolas Mas all return to the starting XV.
Montpellier: 15 Floch, 14 Ranger, 13 Tuitavke, 12 Combezou, 11 Dupont, 10 Trinh-Duc (capt), 9 Escande; 1 Nariashvili, 2 Bianchin, 3 Mas, 4 Hamilton, 5 Demarco, 6 Bias, 7 Gorgodze, 8 Beattie
Replacements: 16 Geli, 17 Bustos, 18 Fa'anunu, 19 Quercy, 20 Privat, 21 Perraux, 22 Berard, 23 Audrin
Treviso: 15 McLean, 14 Nitoglia, 13 Campagnaro, 12 Pratichetti, 11 Esposito, 10 Ambrosini, 9 Botes; 1 De Marchi, 2 Sbaraglini, 3 Rouyet, 4 Fuser, 5 Bernabo (capt), 6 Loamanu, 7 Derbyshire, 8 Filippucci
Replacements: 16 Ceccato, 17 Rizzo, 18 Cittadini, 19 Pavanello, 20 Minto, 21 Zanni, 22 Semenzato, 23 Di Bernardo
Heineken Cup Week Six 2013/14
Stuart Barnes believes that the Irish provinces could all challenge Clermont for Heineken Cup glory.
Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea praised both teams after his side defeated Scarlets 22-20 in tough conditions on Sunday.
Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby suggests poor discipline cost his side a place in the Amlin Cup quarter-finals.
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