Benetton-Glasgow Warriors eve. For the return of the URC the appointment is tomorrow at 2 pm in Monigo, in a game entirely entrusted to Italian hands: the referee will be Federico Boraso, assisted by Filippo Russo and at the Tmo by Alan Falzone. Unfortunately the weather does not help, the forecasts in fact say rain: it is a pity, an adequate presence would also be needed in the stands, it is a match of considerable importance especially for the Lions, who reappear with three defeats on the back and therefore the urgent need to resume score points, especially on friendly grass.
Coach Marco Bortolami today will make known his XV: some indiscretion on the training has however leaked. Let’s start with the bad news: the opening Tomas Albornoz injured his ankle in training and can’t make it, so here is the starting debut at home of “mister drop” Leonardo Marin. Also there should be the expected season debut of Toa Halafihi; the pack should also review Hame Faiva, a fundamental presence in the hooking due to his great offensive skills and familiarity with the goal. Regarding the trocar, Rhyno Smith will be entrusted with the role of extreme with Edo Padovani and Ratuva Tavuyara at the wings.
Among the 23, probably starting from the bench, there will also be Michele Lamaro, captain of Italy, among other things one of the most present in the three blue challenges: “Being captain of Italy is first of all an honor, for me and for my family – he proudly says – but it is also a responsibility. Over the past four weeks, we’ve started building something, which I think is very solid. The last match they won against Uruguay gave another hand. Probably not the best performance in history, but we managed to bring it home and this is the most important thing ».
But now maximum concentration for Benetton. «Coming back to the club, at home, is always a pleasure. The group is compact and has worked well in these three weeks off; I saw him as close as it was on the first day. We are all charged and ready both physically and mentally ».
You have studied the Warriors, dangerous people especially away from home, where this year they have already won three times. What should we expect? “Glasgow is a very solid team, which makes the attack its main weapon and is able to build dangerous multiphase. We will have to be good and disciplined to know how to defend it, managing to exploit the opportunities we will have”.
Before the break you played good rugby but collected few points. Now? «The last three games have actually been a bit difficult. First in Belfast against Ulster, which is a very difficult team especially away from home, it was a complicated match, in which we managed to impose ourselves in some moments of the match. Then with the Ospreys there were ups and downs, moments in which we were dominant and others in which we were able to manage the game less. Finally, even away from home with the Scarlets is always a tough match. We have to learn from these three races how to better manage the moments, both those in our favor and those against them ». –