The first leg of the Italian Groupama Super 10 semi-finals saw the spoils going to the home teams as Petrarca Padova defeated Treviso 20-18 and Calvisano beat Viadana 19-10.
The second leg of the Super 10 semi-finals next weekend could determine the Italian teams for the 2007/08 Heineken Cup.
Despite a narrow defeat table toppers Benetton Treviso are favourites to overcome this margin and qualify for next season’s Heineken Cup based on Italy having a minimun of two teams. Petrarca Padova travel to Treviso next weekend for the seond leg of the Super 10 semi-finals.
Rugby Calvisano, who qualified for the semi-final stages of the Super 10 in third place in the league, were in command of the first leg of their semi-finals against rivals Viadana. The tables may be turned when Viadana take on Calvisano in their home ground in an attempt to make up for the nine point defeat and a possible place in the Heineken Cup.
Last season three Italian teams qualified for the Heineken Cup – Super 10 finalists Rugby Calvisano and Benetton Treviso, and tournament rookies Overmach Parma, who defeated Newport Gwent Dragons in the Heineken Cup 24th place play-off.
Italian Super 10 Semi-finals Second Leg:
Sautrday 12 May 2007 – Live on Sky Italia
Viadana V Rugby Calvisano 18:15
Benetton Treviso V Petrarca Padova 20:30
Italian Super 10 Final
Saturday 19 May 18:00
Monza, Stadio Brianteo
Super 10 Table
1 Benetton Treviso 67
2 Viadana 62
3 Calvisano 59
4 Padova 58
5 G.R.A.N. Parma Rugby 43
6 Parma 42
7 Roma 31
8 Rovigo 24
9 Piacenza 23
10 L’Aquila 16