Tuesday 20 February 2018

Peter Bills: Treviso coach Smith feels Celtic connection key to Italian progress

Peter Bills in Treviso

The scene is set, the stakes are known. Close to 7,000 supporters, many from Ireland, but plenty from all over Italy, will pack into Benetton Treviso's Stadio Comunale di Monigo for this afternoon's intriguing Heineken Cup meeting with Munster.

It might not be an occasion on the scale of Thomond Park matches, but for the game in Italy, it is huge. Treviso coach Franco Smith calls it "the most important game this season for Benetton."

Smith, a South African who used to coach the Free State Cheetahs in Super 14 rugby, does not seek to minimise today's game. It is vital for both sides, albeit for differing reasons.

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