The teams were announced early this morning for tomorrow’s PRO12 clash between Treviso and Ulster which takes place in Stadio Comunale di Monigo, kick-off 5.05 pm UK/Ire. Live on BBCNI.
It’s a super young, ball playing back-line for Ulster with Marshall and Olding in the centre and Lyttle and Stockdale on the wings and Herron at out half, but it’s topped and tailed by masses of experience with Pienaar at nine and Ludik at full back.
Should be very exciting if they get a good supply of ball and therein lies the question.
Treviso have recruited heavily over the summer and showed much progress in Round 1 with a narrow defeat to Leinster, their front five holding up well.
Ulster have taken this opportunity to cap Kieran Treadwell and Rodney Ah You and both will have their work cut out to win me over as I want to see our imports substantially better than our local talent. Both will need a good game if they are going to get in the Front Row Union’s good books! 😈
Irrespective, however, Ulster have a strong bench with bags of experience in Diack, Cave and, even, McCloskey these days so they should be able to pull themselves out of a hole if things aren’t going to plan. Diack and Cave in particular having a record of scoring vital tries in this fixture.
The FRU Predicts: It’s the start of new era in Italian Rugby and this is going to be an awkward enough encounter for the young Ulster team. I wouldn’t be surprised if Treviso were leading at the break in a high scoring match. However Ulster should have enough to pull clear in the final quarter and I expect them to edge ahead for another bonus point win. #SUFTUM
|Jayden Hayward||15||Louis Ludik|
|Angelo Esposito||14||Robert Lyttle|
|Tommaso Benvenuti||13||Luke Marshall|
|Luke McClean||12||Stuart Olding|
|Andrea Buondonno||11||Jacob Stockdale|
|Thomas Allan||10||Brett Herron|
|Giorgio Bronzini||9||Ruan Pienaar|
|Nicola Quaglio||1||Kyle McCall|
|Ornel Gega||2||Rob Herring|
|Simonne Ferrari||3||Rodney Ah You|
|Marco Fuser||4||Kieran Treadwell|
|Filo Paulo||5||Franco vd Merwe|
|Francesco Minto||6||Clive Ross|
|Marco Lazzaroni||7||Sean Reidy|
|Marco Barbini||8||Roger Wilson|
|Robera Santamaria||16||John Andrew|
|Alberto De Marchi||17||Andrew Warwick|
|Titan Pasquali||18||Ross Kane|
|Filippo Geosa||19||Pete Browne|
|Dean Budd||20||Robbie Diack|
|Edoardo Gori||21||Angus Lloyd|
|Ian McKinley||22||Stuart McCloskey|
|David Odiete||23||Darren Cave|