Match Preview: Benetton
Get the latest ahead of Sunday afternoon's Guinness PRO14 match-up with Benetton at BT Murrayfield (kick-off 3.15pm) with this week's Match Preview.
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HOW TO WATCH
The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 2.45pm ahead of a 3pm kick-off at BT Murrayfield. You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.
The Edinburgh Rugby squad to face Benetton at BT Murrayfield will be named at 12 noon on Friday 5 March via press release, as well as on the club's website and social channels.
Referee: Sam Grove-White (SRU, 13th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Ben Blain, Ian Kenny (both SRU)
TMO: Hollie Davidson (SRU)
OVERALL PRO14 RECORD
Played 19, Edinburgh won 11, Benetton won 8.
STORY OF THE MATCH
Conference B’s bottom two teams meet in the Scottish capital with the Italian side still feel looking to pick up their first win of the season at the 13th time of asking.
Edoardo Padovani’s late penalty looked to have finally broken their duck against Connacht last Friday but they could not hold on as a last-gasp try condemned Benetton to a cruel 19-17 defeat.
Edinburgh’s last win was against Italian opposition, having beaten Zebre 26-10 in January, but they will hope it is third time lucky on home soil after suffering back-to-back defeats against Munster and Scarlets since their Italy trip.
LAST TIME OUT
Richard Cockerill's side travelled to face Benetton in November 2019, where they fell just short in tightly contested 18-16 defeat. Highlights below.
Sat 15 Apr 17
Robert Barbieri(T) Angelo Esposito(T) Ian McKinley(C/3P)
Fri 15 Sep 17
Duncan Weir(2C/P) Chris Dean(2T)
Angelo Esposito(2T) Ian McKinley(2C/2P)
Sat 28 Oct 17
Dougie Fife(2T) Jason Tovey(3C/P) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(T)
Angelo Esposito(T) Ian McKinley(C/2P)
Fri 28 Sep 18
Duhan van der Merwe(T) Matt Scott(T) Dougie Fife(T) Simon Hickey(4C/P) Blair Kinghorn(T)
Marco Barbini(T) Luca Sperandio(3T) Tommaso Allan(C/P) Marco Fuser(T)
Sat 2 Mar 19
James Johnstone(T) Jaco van der Walt(C/P)
Antonio Rizzi(T/C/P) Niccolo Cannone(T) Ian McKinley(P)
Sat 2 Nov 19
Jaco van der Walt(C/3P) Luke Crosbie(T)
Tommaso Allan(C/2P) Tomas Baravalle(T) Jayden Hayward(T)
Edinburgh Rugby have slipped to two Guinness PRO14 losses since beating Zebre in Parma on 23 January.
Edinburgh have won just once at Murrayfield in their last five fixtures: 10-7 against Glasgow in Round 10 of the Guinness PRO14.
Benetton Rugby are still searching for that elusive first victory in the Guinness PRO14 in season 2020/21, their most recent success in the Championship being on a trip to Zebre in August.
Benetton have won on three of their last four fixtures they have played against Scottish opponents.
Benetton have won their last two fixtures against Edinburgh, but both were played in Treviso, whilst their only previous victory at BT Murrayfield was 27-22 in October 2012.
Last 3 PRO14 results:
23 Jan - Zebre (A) W 26-10
30 Jan - Munster (H) L 16-18
20 Feb - Munster (H) L 10-22
20 Feb - Scarlets (A) L 17-41
27 Feb - Scarlets (H) L 25-27
26 Feb - Connacht (H) L 17-19
Conf B: 5th - W4 D0 L8 - 20pts
Conf B: 6th - W0 D0 L12 - 6pts
Top try scorer
2 - Jamie Farndale, Magnus Bradbury, Mark Bennett, Nic Groom, Dave Cherry, Mike Willemse, Jack Blain
5 - Hame Faiva
Top points scorer
66 - Jaco van der Walt
32 - Paolo Garbisi