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MATCH THREAD: Benetton Ruvs Leinster; Stadio Monigo Sat 02nd Dec 15:30; TG4

  • 01-12-2017 2:02pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 24,376 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


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    DON'T SWIM IN THE SEA...

    It ain't no sea. Yes, Ringrose, Lowe and Larmour are all starting for Leinster tomorrow meaning flood warnings are in effect for parts of Dublin....

    With the Autumn Internationals out of the way full focus now returns to the provinces a week out from Round 3 of Europe. Leinster travel to Treviso to face a side that have come close to a few surprising results already this season, losing in the dying minutes at home to Toulon and away to Ulster being the 2 stand outs. They have been far more competitive than in recent seasons, which is great news for the league and for Italian rugby.

    Leinster have to make do without a number of their first choice players who are either rested or injured. By my count there are at least 15 missing in total that would feature ahead of guys selected today. And yet when you look at the selection Leinster have been able to field it is still quite a strong one. 11 of the starters have international caps with a further 3 on the bench. Garry Ringrose returns from injury for his first start in over 6 months and James Lowe makes his long awaited debut for the province. Vakh Abdaladze is also in line for his Leinster debut off the bench.

    The pack looks strong with a core of very talented and reasonably experienced players throughout. Only Porter and Nagle would stand out and both of those have gone well in their recent showings for Leinster. In the back line Leinster seem primed to run it from everywhere. Both half backs are comfortable kicking from hand, but outside of them are a bunch of players most at home with ball in hand. There's a good bit of mobility in the pack too so I'd expect this to be a pretty expansive and exciting affair from the visitors.

    There's a few guys in there who may be rusty or a bit inexperienced with the set-up and the bench, while good, isn't where we are going to be winning this game. We'll make our share of errors and Treviso will try to make a mess of things as much as possible, but there is huge potential in this side. Treviso have won 2 of their 4 home games this season, getting the LBP in 1 of the losses. But I'm still going to go TBP win for Leinster by 14 points.
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    01. Cherif Traore|01. Jack McGrath
    02. Tomas Baraville|02. James Tracy
    03. Tiziano Pasquali|03. Andrew Porter
    04. Alessandro Zanni|04. Ian Nagle
    05. Irne Herbst|05. Scott Fardy
    06. Whetu Douglas|06. Jordi Murphy
    07. Nasi Manu|07. Josh van der Flier
    08. Robert Barbieri|08. Jack Conan
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    09. Giorgio Bronzini|09. Luke McGrath
    10. Tommaso Allan|10. Ross Byrne
    11. Luca Sperandio|11. James Lowe
    12. Alberto Sgarbi|12. Noel Reid
    13. Juan Ignacio Brex|13. Garry Ringrose
    14. Tommaso Benvenuti|14. Dave Kearney
    15. Marty Banks|15. Jordan Larmour
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    16. Epalahame Faiva|16. Sean Cronin
    17. Nicola Quaglio|17. Ed Byrne
    18. Alberto De Marchi|18. Vakh Abdaladze
    19. Federico Ruzza|19. Mick Kearney
    20. Marco Lazzaroni|20. Max Deegan
    21. Sebastian Negri|21. Nick McCarthy
    22. Edoardo Gori|22. Fergus McFadden
    23. Luca Morisi|23. Rory O'Loughlin


    Referee: David Wilkinson


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Comments

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,728 Former Former


    It's a pity McKinley won't be playing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,231 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Leinster by at least 5 - 10 puddles.


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,277 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    nasi manu doesnt have the engine to play 7 against that leinster pack.....

    trevios bascially play with 3 8's as their loose forwards


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,200 ✭✭✭ scott1974


    With a win here and hopefully the Cheetahs do us a favour then Conference B get tighter all of a sudden..


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,191 ✭✭✭ swiwi_


    Abdaladze. Do it Leinster. Do it for Vakh’s sake!


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,931 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CatFromHue


    Triple J in the back row, Jackeen Thunder :eek:


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,231 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Just as well this is being played in Italy, absolutely soaking here already.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Knock on there surely....?


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,269 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Treviso have a player named Nacho Brex.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 33,071 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pickarooney


    It's all Treviso so far.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,231 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Clegg wrote: »
    Treviso have a player named Nacho Brex.

    Sounds like the hero in a Mexican kids dinosaur cartoon.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Treviso all over Leinster so far. 3-0. Leinster need to settle.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,973 Synode


    vienne86 wrote: »
    Knock on there surely....?

    Is it a knock on when a player strips a ball?


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,231 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Brilliant take.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,476 ✭✭✭ Jump_In_Jack


    Synode wrote: »
    vienne86 wrote: »
    Knock on there surely....?

    Is it a knock on when a player strips a ball?

    No, ripping the ball can't be a knock on.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,973 Synode


    No, ripping the ball can't be a knock on.

    Why was the scrum given then?


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Synode wrote: »
    Why was the scrum given then?

    Think there was a KO after the rip.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,013 ✭✭✭ leakyboots


    Two poor passages of play there


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Good quick thinking from Luke McGrath there to wrap around ....made good ground from the scrum.


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,277 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    First of many!!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Lowe in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lovely try down the blind side from the scrum.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    What a kick by Ross Byrne - great conversion!


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,013 ✭✭✭ leakyboots


    Nice line


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,269 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Think it's easy to forget that Lowe is a big man. Picked a decent line and powered his way over


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,231 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    vienne86 wrote: »
    Lowe in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lovely try down the blind side from the scrum.

    Luke McGrath wouldn't have been able to do that, never going to make it on the wing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,269 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    VdF and Ross Byrne look in bother.

    TMO looking at a shoulder to the ribs of Byrne.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    TG Ross Byrne is OK.....looked nasty.....Treviso lucky to still have 15 on the field.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,376 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    Ref giving Treviso a few soft ones.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,231 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Anyone's tv signal poor on tg4?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Venjur wrote: »
    Anyone's tv signal poor on tg4?

    Perfect here.....via Sky dish.


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