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Benetton Treviso entertain the reigning RaboDirect PRO12 Champions Connacht at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo on Sunday, looking for a third victory of the season in the tournament. While they are struggling down in eleventh position in the table, they are above their fellow countrymen Zebre, which if the positions stay as they are until the end of the regular season, would mean that Benetton Treviso would claim the Champions Cup position that is on offer to the highest finishing Italian outfit. The 11 points that Treviso have collected from their 15 Pro12 fixtures to date, provide the with a two point advantage over their rivals from Parma, but they have played two games more.
Connacht are finding defending their title, even tougher than winning it in the first place. Going into the weekend's fixtures, they are down in eighth position with 29 points to their credit. A massive 20 behind the side occupying the fourth and final play-off spot, the Scarlets. They have won their last two matches in the tournament, against the Newport Gwent Dragons and the Cardiff Blues, since losing three straight fixtures over the Holiday period. When the two sides played each other in Galway on 3rd December, Connacht ran out easy winners by 47-8, easily their best result of the Pro12 this season.
Posted: 29th April 2016
Connacht have been close to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table for most of the season, but still require a point from their last two fixtures to ensure their place in the post-season play-offs. On Friday they travel to Italy to face Benetton Treviso at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo, where they will expect to collect at least the four points for winning the game, as their hosts have registered just two victories all season in the PRO12. However, although the Italians have lost five successive matches in the tournament, their last win being back in Round 15 against the Newport Gwent Dragons, they still have every chance of catching Zebre, who are just three points above them.
The top finishing Italian side at the end of the regular season, will qualify for next season's Champions Cup. Treviso will therefore, have plenty of motivation to cause an upset on Friday Evening. Benetton Treviso have only beaten Connacht once since 2011, the last time being in October 2013. Which was in fact the last occasion that they recorded a win against any Irish Province. If the Irishmen collect the single point required to make the semi-finals, it will be the first time that they have qualified for the play-offs since 2003/04 when they tournament went home and away.
Posted: 10th October 2014
After five rounds of this season's Guinness PRO12 tournament, Benetton Treviso sit firmly at the foot of the table, remaining pointless after five fixtures, which has now taken them to a run of eight successive defeats in the competition. The last game that the Italians managed to win, was against the Newport Gwent Dragons on 12th April at the Stadio Monigo, and in the intervening matches they have managed to secure just a single losing bonus points. The last time that Treviso defeated an Irish side was a year ago, when they beat Friday's visitors, Connacht, in Round 5 last season. Connacht have exceeded all expectations in the early part of the season, Their only defeat so far came when they travelled to table-topping Glasgow Warriors in Round 4, and they are currently in fifth place in the table. That position could have been even better, but for letting a winning slip against the Cardiff Blues last week, which resulted in a 24-24 draw.
The Irish Province have won their last four matches against Italian teams in all competitions, but have only once won at the Stadio Monigo previously, back in September 20111. Last season when the two sides met, the home team won on each occasion.
Posted: 4th October 2013
Both these sides are regularly competitive in the RaboDirect PRO12 tournament, particularly when playing at home, but that competitive edge rarely translates to a place in the upper reaches of the tournament, and so it is proving once more this season, as already both sides find themselves languishing in the bottom four of the table. To illustrate the point in question, Benetton Treviso's have recorded just a single victory in this seasons tournament, which came at home against the European giants of Munster, whom they defeated by 29-19 in round three.
The victory over Munster was a continuation of some fine form that the Italians have shown at their Stadium Monigo, which has become something of a fortress, as they have lost just one of the last eight games that they have played there. A narrow 19-24 defeat by the Ospreys in September. Connacht meanwhile, have won just one of their last seven PRO12 matches, which was an unsurprising 25-16 home victory over the Italians of Zebre in round 1 of this seasons tournament. Though they can boast of a record that has seen them unbeaten in their last eight matches with Italian opposition in all competitions.
Posted: 30th March 2013
The RaboDirect Pro12 will see Benetton Treviso and Connacht play this week in Treviso at 20:00 local time and 19:00 GMT. Benetton Treviso is the team in the seventh spot on the table right now, and they are sitting on eight wins and one draw. They have earned 39 points so far this season, and they have five bonus points earned. As for Connacht they are one of two teams that have gotten seven wins, with no draws, and have earned a total of 32 points so far. The other team with 7 wins is Cardiff Blues, and they have 33 points earned.
The top of the table is where Leinster currently reigns. They have won fourteen of the eighteen games that they played, and have earned 63 points, seven from bonuses. Glasgow takes the number two spot and then Ulster comes in at third.
Posted: 3rd September 2011
The Magner's League is no more, but the competition is still around under the name the RaboDirect Pro12 and on Saturday, September 3rd we see Benetton Treviso take on Connacht in Treviso at 16:00 local time. Bennetton was founded in 1932 and they are currently being coached by Franco Smith. Antonio Pavanello is the Captain for the squad. Connacht Rugby was founded in 1885 and plays on the Sportsground which holds 5000 fans. Dan McFarland is the coach for the Connacht team and the captain has not yet been determined according to the official website.
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