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Preview: Azzurri-studded Benetton seek home comforts against Blues

Avatar Rich Dore 29 Nov 2019

The earliest kick-off on Saturday (at 3pm) brings with it a crucial clash in Conference B as Benetton and Cardiff Blues both look to make up ground on the four clubs above them.

The Italian side have the advantage for the moment, sitting on 12 points in fifth with the Blues two points below.

Benetton may also have the advantage in terms of squad this weekend with a settled looking 23, Jayden Hayward joined by Ratuva Tavuyara and Monty Ioane in the back three, Alberto Sgarbi and Ignacio Brex in the centres.

Despite not getting a win, Benetton have gone well in the Champions Cup, meanwhile Blues picked up a victory at Calvisano in the Challenge Cup and have made eight changes to their team.
Three changes are made along the backline, with Matthew Morgan returning to full-back and Hallam Amos making a switch to the wing, having been released from the Wales squad to face the Barbarians on Saturday.

Following the acute knee injury to Willis Halaholo, Garyn Smith partners Rey Lee-Lo in midfield, while Jason Tovey slots in at outside half, replacing Jarrod Evans, who is also part of Wayne Pivac’s inaugural squad.

Kick-off: 15:00 (UK) / 16:00 (ITA) – Stadio Monigo, Treviso

How to watch: Live on Free Sports, eir sport 2, DAZN, PRO14.tv. Deferred: Saturday 17:00 S4C

Players to watch out for: Ignacio Brex (Benetton) and Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues)

We’re all set for a fascinating battle at outside centre at Stadio Monigo on Saturday, as Ignacio Brex comes up against Cardiff Blues’ Rey Lee-Lo.

Both men are in-form, Brex tricked his way to a delightful try against Northampton Saints a week ago to add to his score against the Kings back in October, while Lee-Lo is the glue that holds the Blues together.

That will be even more the case with the news of long-term injury to centre partner Halaholo, many eyes will be on Smith, who steps into Halaholo’s boots.

Key stat: Benetton Rugby have won two of their last three Guinness PRO14 matches including their last two at Stadio Monigo in the Championship, against Southern Kings and Edinburgh.

Benetton Rugby: Jayden Hayward, Ratuva Tavuyara, Ignacio Brex, Alberto Sgarbi (CAPT), Monty Ioane, Tommaso Allan, Dewaldt Duvenage; Nicola Quaglio, Hame Faiva, Marco Riccioni, Irné Herbst, Eli Snyman, Marco Lazzaroni, Abraham Steyn, Toa Halafihi
Replacements: Federico Zani, Cherif Traoré, Tiziano Pasquali, Niccolò Cannone, Federico Ruzza, Tito Tebaldi, Ian Keatley, Luca Sperandio

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan; Aled Summerhill, Rey Lee-Lo, Garyn Smith, Hallam Amos; Jason Tovey, Lloyd Williams (CAPT); Brad Thyer, Kirby Myhill, Scott Andrews, James Ratti, Macauley Cook, Josh Turnbull, James Botham, Will Boyde

Replacements: Liam Belcher, Rhys Gill, Keiron Assiratti, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Alun Lawrence, Lewis Jones, Ben Thomas, Jason Harries


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

Historical Lineup Pre Opta (sfms data) - Preview - v2

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Report: Blues dig deep as Harries breaks hearts in the red

Avatar Rich Dore 30 Nov 2019

Super-sub Jason Harries came on to break Benetton hearts with an injury time try that secured a comeback five-point win for Cardiff Blues.

The Welsh region trailed for much of the match with Benetton scoring a pair of excellent tries to engineer a big second-half lead, but the Blues never gave up and stole the points with Harries’ late show.

Key moments

As expected the Leoni started on the front foot and although they couldn’t make it over the line Tommaso Allan struck an early three-pointer with Kirby Myhill penalised in front of the posts.

Blues responded with several good phases of play and drove over with flanker James Botham touching down on his first Championship start.

Playing in Treviso though the lead was never likely to last long and the hosts replied with a muscular effort of their own through Marco Riccioni, converted by Allan before Jason Tovey levelled up at 10-10.

Six minutes from time came the moment of the half as Ratuva Tavuyara stormed down the right flank to give the hosts a 15-10 lead at the interval.

Allan kicked a penalty to begin the second half but Lloyd Williams’ try in response helped cut the lead to 18-17, then on 56 minutes Alberto Sgarbi and Nacho Brex combined beautifully in midfield and Monty Ioane touched down a grubber in the corner for an excellent score.

Federico Zani got Benetton’s fourth but Blues wouldn’t lie down and made it 28-24 through Alun Lawrence’s try on 68 minutes – better was still to come for the travelling Welsh support.

The visitors scrambled to find a winner and after a late penalty swung play from right to left, centre Rey Lee-Lo eventually ghosting through the defence and Harries circling in under the posts from the left.

Man of the Match – Toa Halafihi

Benetton No.8 Toa Halafihi picked up the man of the match award on the day for a tireless display with a couple of clean breaks, 10 tackles and 33 metres claimed from 13 carries.

Play of the Day

Two short-range forward efforts got the early tries in this one, until on 34 minutes the Benetton backs took over to devastating effect.

The Italian side created a lovely blindside move off an attacking scrum to give Tavuyara a reasonably clear run to the line, Dewaldt Duvenage running decoy to the openside and the big man unstoppable at pace despite Tovey’s scramble.


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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