Wednesday 20 November 2019

Benetton primed to maintain their fine start to the season

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Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Benetton took their impressive PRO14 form into the Challenge Cup and while they will have been frustrated by a narrow one-point defeat in Agen last weekend, the Italians are still in a good position in Europe thanks to a thumping opening-day win over Grenoble.

Kieran Crowley has done a fine job since taking over in Treviso two years ago and having beaten Leinster in the RDS last season, they will not fear repeating the trick at home tomorrow afternoon.

Currently sitting in third position of their PRO14 conference, confidence is high within the club and if they could somehow beat Leinster for a second successive time, even more people would sit up and take note of their progress.

Hooker Kuca Bigi has been in fine form having scored two tries against Agen, while Italian international out-half Tommaso Allan was left to rue a late penalty effort that drifted wide of the posts.

Benetton will, however, be keen to build on their last PRO14 outing, which saw them beat the Kings convincingly.

That said, Leinster will be mindful of what happened last season as they look to avoid falling into the same trap.

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