RaboDirect PRO12: In-form Leinster take on Treviso at Stadio Monigo
Last Updated: 24/11/13 11:13am
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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Leinster climbed up to third in the RaboDirect PRO12 table with a late 21-20 win over Treviso on Sunday.
Munster claimed a 31-10 bonus-point victory over Cardiff Blues to return to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table.
A superb three-try blitz either side of half-time saw the Scarlets emerge with a 24-21 triumph over Connacht.