Sunday 18 August 2019

Crowley's charges continue to make progress in play-off push

Benetton Rugby first joined the then Celtic League in the 2010-’11 campaign and didn’t end a season with a winning record until last season (stock photo)
Benetton Rugby first joined the then Celtic League in the 2010-’11 campaign and didn’t end a season with a winning record until last season (stock photo)

Ryan Corry

Benetton Rugby are at the peak of their rugby powers right now as they continue their rise under New Zealander Kieran Crowley.

They first joined the then Celtic League in the 2010-'11 campaign and didn't end a season with a winning record until last season.

That was in Crowley's second year at the helm and led to a fifth-place finish in Conference B, missing out on the chance to take part in the Champions Cup play-off.

In the current campaign, they sit third in the conference, hopeful that a win at the RDS will help them to stave off the advancing Edinburgh and Scarlets behind them in fourth and fifth.

While, on paper, a win for the Italians may seem unlikely, they can take confidence from a 17-15 win on their last trip to Dublin at the same stage last year. A fortnight ago, they visited the west coast where a poor finish allowed Connacht to pull away for a 29-14 victory.

They are expected to welcome back a host of internationals who missed that Galway trip due to it coming very soon after the end of the Six Nations, including half-back duo Tito Tebaldi and Tommaso Allan.

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