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Preview: Keatley milestone as Azzurri talents return to face Kings

Avatar Rich Dore 25 Oct 2019

In one of the two earlier kick-offs on Saturday, at 3pm, we have two sides who will be desperate to climb the ladder and jostle for position in the hyper-competitive Conference B.

Scarlets, Connacht, Munster, Edinburgh, Cardiff Blues and Benetton have all been in close battles for Final Series positions in recent seasons while a rapidly-changing Isuzu Southern Kings setup will be doing all they can to join the pack – no doubt it’s all going to go down to the wire.

Both of Saturday’s opponents are without a win so far but the Kings pushed both the Blues and Munster close in Rounds 1 and 2 and a youthful squad enjoyed a strong second half against Ulster last time out.

Likewise at Benetton, who in reality produced a stunning second half to almost shock Ospreys at Liberty Stadium, producing two late tries despite going down to 14 men to finish up at 24-20.

Kick-off: Stadio Monigo, Treviso | KO 15:00 (UK) / 16:00 (ITA & SA)

How to watch: Live on eir sport 2, FreeSports, Supersport 2, DAZN, PRO14.tv

Players to watch out for: Ian Keatley (Benetton) and Demetri Catrakilis (Kings)

Who else could we select for this other than the evergreen Ian Keatley? The multi-talented fly-half is currently on 199 Championship appearances and in line to hit a huge milestone.

He will become only the fourth player to reach 200 appearances this weekend, the others being John Muldoon, Matthew Rees and Ross Ford – Keatley the only back.

Catrakilis will be the man attempting to stop the party and has had a good start to life in South Africa, he has the class from time at the Stormers, Montpellier and Harlequins to make a real difference this season.

Key stat: The Italians’ record against South African opponents in the Championship is won five, lost one, with the defeat being on a visit to Toyota Cheetahs in November 2018.

Benetton: Luca Sperandio, Ratuva Tavuyara, Ignacio Brex, Alberto Sgarbi, Angelo Esposito, Ian Keatley, Dewaldt Duvenage; Federico Zani, Tomas Baravalle, Tiziano Pasquali, Niccolò Cannone, Eli Snyman, Sebastian Negri, Marco Barbini, Toa Halafihi

Replacements: Engjel Makelara, Cherif Traore, Michele Mancini Parri, Federico Ruzza, Giovanni Pettinelli, Tito Tebaldi, Antonio Rizzi, Marco Zanon

Isuzu Southern Kings: Masixole Banda, Christopher Hollis, Sibusiso Sithole, Tertius Kruger, Josiah Twum-Boafo, Demetri Catrakilis, Josh Allderman; Juan Schoeman, Jacques du Toit, Pieter Scholtz, Bobby de Wee, Aston Fortuin, Lusanda Badiyana, Tienie Burger, Ruaan Lerm

Replacements: Alandre van Rooyen, Xandre Vos, Rossouw de Klerk, JC Astle, Thembelani Bholi, Elrigh Louw, Siya Masuku, Erich Cronje


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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Report: Benetton get off the mark against Kings

Avatar Nicola Kenton 26 Oct 2019

Benetton Rugby continued their perfect record against Isuzu Southern Kings in the Guinness PRO14 as they recorded a bonus-point victory.

The Italian side had struggled to reignite their form of last season thus far, but they began well against the Kings with Angelo Esposito scoring early.

Ian Keatley extended the lead before the break and Benetton put in a dominant performance in the second half with three tries to grab their first win of the season.

Key moments

A tense opening encounter saw Kings put their noses in front through the boot of Demetri Catrakalis but Benetton gained their footing with Esposito’s score.

The Italian side went down to 14 men with Toa Halafihi sent to the sin bin, but an outstanding defensive effort ensured no points were conceded.

Keatley extended Benetton’s advantage with his boot and then dotted down before the break, while Iliesa Ratuva joined the party to compound Kings’ misery.

Further tries from Juan Ignacio and Federico Ruzza sealed the result for Benetton but Kings never gave up.

Rossouw de Klerk’s try in the 65th gave them momentum and late scores from Christopher Hollis and Bobby de Wee left Siya Masuku’s boot to secure the losing bonus point.

Man of the match – Ian Keatley

In his 200th Guinness PRO14 appearance, Keatley was at the heart of Benetton’s attack.

The fly-half touched down before half-time and created another, seeing the space for Ignacio to score the crucial fourth.

Play of the day

Benetton scored a variety of tries but it was the bonus-point offering which proved crucial.

From just inside the half, Keatley saw the space for Ignacio to run into, a lucky bounce and missed pick-up later and the ball was dotted down next to the posts.


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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