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PRO14 Round 7: Edinburgh Rugby vs Benetton Treviso

Chris Dean
Chris Dean - pic © ALASTAIR ROSS | Novantae Photography

Head coach Richard Cockerill has named his side for tomorrow’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Benetton Rugby. It’s a tricky away trip against a team that are playing well both in the PRO14 and in Europe and are in better form than they were when they beat Edinburgh at Myreside. With that in mind, Cockerill has put together a strong team.

There are 8 changes from the team that knocked a T-34 tankload of tries past Krasny Yar in the European Challenge Cup last weekend, but most of them seem like top choices, injuries notwithstanding. The only area perhaps not fully settled is in the midfield, where Edinburgh fans dreaming of a Freuan / Bennett access may have to wait until at least December. In the meantime, Scotland squad call-up Phil Burleigh and James Johnstone are the pairing, with Junior Rasolea rested after his exploits in Europe.

Sam Hidalgo Clyne and Jason Tovey are the half-back pairing that have looked the best for Edinburgh this season which explains Duncan Weir’s absence from the Scotland squad, but not Nathan Fowles’ inclusion. If this were a movie, you’d think Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is now due for an ironic run of form after being left out of Gregor Townsend’s plans.

In the front row, Darryl Marfo, Stuart McInally and WP Nel could, in fact, become an all international front row by late November with Allan Dell out injured again. New club captain Fraser McKenzie leads the side which makes it a little harder to get either of Gilchrist or Carmichael game time alongside Toolis – both feature on the bench.

In a reshuffled back row there is a chance for Hamish Watson to find form ahead of the autumn series, while new face Luke Crosbie gets a second start for Edinburgh having done well in the European rounds. It’s been a good week for the lesser-known Lukes of Scottish rugby.

Treviso are no slouches at home but aside from Jamie Ritchie and Ross Ford who miss out, this is probably the best team Edinburgh could pick to give them a chance of an away win.

Benetton Rugby: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Ignacio Brex, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Ian McKinley, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Dean Budd (C), 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Dean Budd (C), 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Federico Zani.
Replacements: 16 Tomas Baravalle, 17 Cherif Traore, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Alessandro Zanni, 21 Sebastian Negri, 22 Giorgio Bronzini, 23 Tommaso Benvenuti

Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 James Johnstone, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Jason Harries, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; 1 Darryl Marfo, 2 Stuart McInally, 3 WP Nel, 4 Fraser McKenzie (CAPT), 5 Ben Toolis, 6 Luke Crosbie, 7 Hamish Watson, 8 Cornell du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 Lewis Carmichael, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Glenn Bryce, 23 Chris Dean.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

Stadio Comunale di Monigo (Saturday 28 October, kick-off 3pm, coverage possibly on Italian Eurosport).

14 Responses

  1. Interesting to see Treviso playing Dean Budd in two positions, he must be an absolute beast!

    Reading the edinburgh team sheet, there is just something about the back line which seems to be lacking when compared to other teams. It seems solid but not spectacular.

    The team will need to cut out the errors and the lapses in concentration if they are to get anything out of this game. Good luck boys let’s get some positive momentum ahead of the AIs.

  2. Fruean not been involved for a good few weeks now, and wasn’t mentioned in the injury update which suggests he is not being selected due to form or is there more to it?

  3. That’s an important result for Edinburgh and it looks like a convincing win in the end. Dougie Fife’s playing well just now.

    1. When you consider we have had 3 away games back to back and travelled to London,Moscow and Treviso getting 3 wins and scoring 17 tries in the process marks decent progress. Especially when you consider we lost our captain and a regular starter due to a drugs ban the coaches and players deserve credit for keeping their eye on the job.

      1. In some ways this Treviso away win is better than the previous two in London and Moscow. Benetton are a much improved side and I was quite worried about this fixture. Well done, Embra!

  4. Good tries by Edinburgh. Some special touches by Kinghorn for the tries.

    Edinburgh currently in a champions cup spot with Dickinson, VDM and Bennett to return in the next month.

    Cockerill seems to be getting them in a stronger mindset. Good to see Crosbie and Carmichael getting games too. Did they play well? Anyone watch the game?

      1. It’s now on you tube. I’d say everyone played pretty well. Benetton are so much better than in previous years. Sadly they still get let down by forcing passes that they shouldn’t.

        Edin do have a tendency to go wide too soon which leads to going side to side but I think that was more a consequence of the good defence by Benetton. The tries were all top draw backs play.

        Fair play to Hodge, I wanted him out but he is getting more shape out of them now.

  5. Given edin will have a full team to choose from apart from only CDP and Nell (rest will be released), I think they can beat the Ospreys.

    For the next game I’d like to see Carmichael get a start. He carried really well in his cameo against treviso.

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