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Zebre name team to face Toyota Cheetahs

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    Posted: 03-Jan-2020 at 3:48pm
Zebre have named their team for Saturday's clash with Toyota Cheetahs at Lanfranchi Stadium (Kick off 4.00pm Italian time).

The match will be broadcast live on TV and streaming in Italy on Dazn, in South Africa on SuperSport 1 and in the UK on Premier Sports. It will also be possible to follow the text coverage of the game on www.pro14rugby.org and on the Zebre Rugby twitter account with the hashtag #ZEBvCHE.

Just like the previous two seasons, Zebre and Cheetahs are in Conference A and are currently in 6th and 3rd place respectively.

Both teams have met on four occasions, two in 2018/19 and two in 2017/18.

The South African side won all four previous encounters and both sides will meet again on April 25 at the Toyota Stadium.

Overall, the four games have registered 37 tries, 13 by Zebre and 24 by the Cheetahs, with a total of 102 points scored by the Zebre and 171 by the Cheetahs.

There will be ten changes in the Zebre starting XV, five in the back line and five in the pack.

Italian International Mattia Bellini is fully recovered from his injury and will start alongside Samoan full back Junior Laloifi and English winger Charlie Walker.

Young centre Enrico Lucchin will wear the no.12 jersey, with Kiwi scrum half Joshua Renton starting.

In the pack, Jimmy Tuivaiti and Ian Nagle start as blind-side flanker and no.5 respectively, while the front row is totally revolutionised and will consist of the three Azzurri Andrea Lovotti, Luca Bigi and Giosuè Zilocchi.

Zebre Rugby Club

15 Junior Laloifi (4)
14 Charlie Walker (10)
13 Giulio Bisegni (94) (Cap)
12 Enrico Lucchin* (7)
11 Mattia Bellini (52)
10 Carlo Canna (88)
9 Joshua Renton (26)

8 Giovanni Licata* (34)
7 Johan Meyer (89)
6 Jimmy Tuivaiti (21)
5 Ian Nagle (8)
4 David Sisi (50)
3 Giosuè Zilocchi* (25)
2 Luca Bigi (6)
1 Andrea Lovotti* (92)

Replacements:

16 Oliviero Fabiani (114)
17 Danilo Fischetti* (15)
18 Eduardo Bello (38)
19 Mick Kearney (10)
20 George Biagi (114)
21 Guglielmo Palazzani (132)
22 Maxime Mbandà* (48)
23 Edoardo Padovani* (81)

Head Coach Michael Bradley

Not available for selection due to injury: Paolo Buonfiglio*, Francois Brummer, Tommaso Castello, Gabriele Di Giulio*, Leonard Krumov*, Marco Manfredi

Ruled out: Renato Giammarioli*

*Former member of the Italian Rugby Union academy "Ivan Francescato"

Referee: Sam Grove-White (Scottish Rugby Union)

Assistant Referees: Gianluca Gnecchi (Federazione Italiana Rugby) and Hollie Davidson (Scottish Rugby Union)
TMO: Paul Larter (Scottish Rugby Union
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Toyota Cheetahs team to face Zebre

The Toyota Cheetahs return to action in Round 10 when they take on Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma, Italy on Saturday at 17:00 (SA time), with four changes to the starting line-up from their last match against Ospreys on 30 November.

Live broadcast on SuperSport 1, DAZN, and Premier Sports.


Aranos Coetzee returns from injury and will be starting on tight head prop. Luan de Bruin and Joseph Dweba will be providing cover on the bench.

Tian Meyer will be leading the side with George Whitehead on flyhalf and Rabz Maxwane returning to play. Ruan Pienaar and Tian Schoeman are named as replacements.

Hawies Fourie’s side currently occupy a Final Series place, sitting third in Conference A and have never lost to Zebre.

Toyota Cheetahs’ head coach said: “We’re looking forward to start the year on the right foot. We’ve ended 2019 on a high note and we want a good start for 2020.”

“It is important for us to win this match. We are third on the log, two points ahead of Glasgow and they’ve played two games more than us. We’ll have to use the opportunity to stay in a good position on the log, while competing with Ulster for second position.”

“The players had a much needed break and they are excited about Saturday’s encounter”

Toyota Cheetahs

1 Boan Venter; 2 Wilmar Arnoldi; 3 Aranos Coetzee; 4 Sintu Manjezi; 5 Walt Steenkamp; 6 Chris Massyn; 7 Junior Pokomela; 8 Aidon Davis; 9 Tian Meyer (Captain); 10 George Whitehead; 11 Rabz Maxwane; 12 Benhard Janse van Rensburg; 13 William Small-Smith; 14 Craig Barry; 15 Rhyno Smith

Replacements:

16 Joseph Dweba; 17 Erich de Jager; 18 Luan de Bruin; 19 JP du Preez; 20 Marnus van der Merwe; 21 Gerhard Olivier; 22 Ruan Pienaar; 23 Tian Schoeman.


The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury: Justin Basson (knee) and Charles Marais (bicep). Players on suspension: Dries Swanepoel, Jasper Wiese.

The referee for the match is Sam Grove-White (SRU, 19th Championship appearance). He will be assisted by Gianluca Gnecchi (FIR) and Hollie Davidson (SRU). The TMO is Paul Larter (SRU).
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WTF? Zebre wen 41-13...
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Ja nee glad nie die verwag nie......
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Originally posted by Transvaal Transvaal wrote:

WTF? Zebre wen 41-13...
I love it 😂
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