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Connacht need a win

THIS is a tussle between two clubs nursing the hurt from the unspectacular start of one win from the first four rounds of the Pro12 League.

Benetton Treviso v Connacht

Stadio Monigo, Tonight 7.30 (Irish time) – LIVE TG4

The simple fact that Treviso's win came against Munster might just give them the edge, coach Franco Smith bringing back Alberto Di Bernardo to fly-half and Brendan Williams to full-back.

Connacht coach Pat Lam has made the logical choice of wrapping the armband around former Waikato Chief captain Craig Clarke.

They have beaten Treviso three times, lost out twice and drawn once in their last six encounters. They need this one ahead of their Heineken Cup opener at home to Saracens.

Verdict: Treviso

Treviso: B Williams; L Nitoglia, M Campagnaro, A Sgarbi, C Loamanu; A Di Bernardo, E Gori; M Rizzo, E Ceccato, A de Marchi, A Pavanello (capt), M Fuser, S Favaro, A Zanni, R Barbieri

Connacht: G Duffy; T O'Halloran, D Poolman, E Griffin, F Carr; D Parks, P O'Donohoe; R Ah You, S Henry, R Loughney, A Muldowney, C Clarke (capt), A Browne, J Heenan, G Naoupu


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