Benetton vs Bulls

Benetton vs Bulls: LIVE Blog. Photo: Christiaan Kotze/BackpagePix

URC LIVE Blog: Benetton vs Bulls Friday 21 October 2022

Follow the action from the United Rugby Championship’s Benetton vs Bulls clash in Treviso on Friday night with our live blog.

Benetton vs Bulls

Benetton vs Bulls: LIVE Blog. Photo: Christiaan Kotze/BackpagePix

Benetton vs Bulls LIVE blog.

Benetton host the Bulls in a Friday evening special in the United Rugby Championship.

On their last visit to Treviso, the Bulls lost the Rainbow Cup final although they did beat the Italians at home last season.

Benetton vs Bulls LIVE blog

Team news and what they said

Jake White expects Benetton to be spitting fire at home.

Benetton vs Bulls
Bulls director of rugby Jake White. Photo: Billy Stickland/INPHO/Shutterstock/BackpagePix

“They [Benetton] take home games very seriously,” said White.

“The last time they lost a home game I think was in April this year and that was to Connacht (17-21).

“They rested a lot of their main players last week and I think that result against Edinburgh is a little bit skewed.

“I spoke to their coaches this week and they got 19 players called up for the national camp which starts on Sunday.

“I don’t think it is an ambush anymore, I think it is a reality that it is a very good team and they are not as poor as people think they are.

“I think the old days of thinking the Italian sides are weaker are long gone.

“In the last [Six Nations] Test they played they beat Wales.

“It’s going to be a tough game and we just got to make sure that we play better and get things right.”

Benetton head coach Marco Bortolami stressed the need for discipline against a Bulls team that thrive in setpiece play.

“The Bulls base their game on the domination of static phases and for which it will be important to be solid,” said Bortolami.

“They play a very direct game of winning the advantage line so we will have to win collisions to block their play.

“Discipline will be very important in order not to give them chance to play in our 22m.”

Teams: Benetton vs Bulls

Benetton: 15 Giacomo Da Re, 14 Ignacio Mendy, 13 Ignacio Brex, 12 Marco Zanon, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Tomas Albornoz, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage (captain), 8 Lorenzo Cannone, 7 Michele Lamaro, 6 Manuel Zuliani, 5 Federico Ruzza, 4 Scott Scrafton, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Giacomo Nicotera, 1 Ivan Nemer.

Replacements: 16 Gianmarco Lucchesi, 17 Thomas Gallo, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Niccolò Cannone, 20 Toa Halafihi, 21 Manfredi Albanese, 22 Tommaso Menoncello, 23 Marcus Watson.

Bulls: 15 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14 David Kriel, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Wandisile Simelane, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Marco van Staden, 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain), 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Janko Swanepoel, 3 Francois Klopper, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.

Replacements: 16 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Walt Steenkamp, 20 WJ Steenkamp, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 Stravino Jacobs.

Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)

Assistant referees: Filippo Russo (Italy), Alex Frasson (Italy)

TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)