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RaboDirect Pro12: Munster come on strong in second half to beat Zebre 43-21

Last updated: 14th September 2013  

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A second-half resurgence from Munster denied Zebre their first ever win in the

RaboDirect Pro12.

Zebre went in at half-time 18-9 ahead after tries from Luciano Orquera and

Andrea Macini, but scores from Paddy Butler, CJ Stander (two) and then Ian Keatley helped the Irish province to an ultimately convincing 43-21 success.

Two JJ Hanrahan penalties gave Munster an early lead but Orquera halved the

deficit and then crossed for the opening try after catching Munster off guard

with a quick tap penalty.

Hanrahan brought his side back within a point but hooker Macini surprisingly

popped up on the end of a flowing move and outpaced Munster full-back Hurley to score.

Half-time substitute James Downey quickly won a penalty from which Hanrahan cut the deficit and it sparked a dramatic second-half comeback.

Butler's try and Hanrahan's conversion put Munster 19-18 up, and a barnstorming run through the defence from Stander afforded the visitors some breathing space.

Filippo Ferrarini wasted a three-on-one chance to bring Zebre back into the game and, after South African back-rower Stander had put the game out of reach, replacement fly-half Ian Keatley converted his own try to round off Munster's win.

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16:00Cardiff Blues vs Glasgow
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Saturday 20th September
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19:35Glasgow vs Connacht
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