The Isuzu Southern Kings will look to improve on their performances in conditions that should support their pack when they take on Benetton in Treviso on Saturday.
The Port Elizabeth side have conceded the least penalties in the championship so far, and they boast the best lineout statistics. Isuzu Southern Kings coach Robbie Kempson believes if they can use these strengths to turn possession into points they will do well.
“This tour is very important for us,” said Kempson.
“We are getting ourselves in positions and creating opportunities but we are not converting them. I think we have lost one lineout in total and our scrum has been solid, but we haven’t been dominant, and that is something we have to work on.
“We also need to convert our driving mauls, especially if we are kicking to the corner and not taking the three points. That is another aspect of our play we will be looking at in the next three weeks.”
Benneton Included five Italian international players in the team chosen by Head Coach Crowley.
Full back will be Luca Sperandio, on the wings Ratuva Tavuyara and Angelo Esposito. Captain Alberto Sgarbi and Ignacio Brex will be respectively left and right centre.
Benetton v Isuzu Southern Kings, Date: Saturday, 26 October, Kickoff: 16h00
Benetton: Luca Sperandio, Ratuva Tavuyara, Ignacio Brex, Alberto Sgarbi (CAPT), 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 (CAPT), Tienie Burger, Ruaan Lerm. Replacements: Alandre van Rooyen, Xandre Vos, Rossouw de Klerk, JC Astle, Thembelani Bholi, Elrigh Louw, Siya Masuku, Erich Cronje.