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RaboDirect Pro12: Leinster race to bonus-point win over Zebre in Parma

Last updated: 10th February 2014  

JIMMY GOPPERTH LEINSTER HEINEKEN CUP

Jimmy Gopperth: On target from the kicking tee, scoring seven points

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John Cooney: Touched down Leinster's first try of the afternoon

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Leinster maintained pressure on RaboDirect Pro12 leaders Munster by racing to a 31-8 bonus-point victory over Zebre in Parma on Sunday.

Matt O'Connor's men moved to within three points of their rivals as they ran four tries passed Zebre, with John Cooney, Noel Reid, Zane Kirchner and Darren Hudson all touching down.

Leinster did not have it all their own way however as Shane Jennings was forced to make a last-ditch tackle to deny Kelly Haimona in the opening exchanges.

Moments later, an undeterred Zebre continued to press on and deservedly took the lead when Dries van Schalkwyk drove his way over from close range.

The Irishmen soon found their rhythm and found their first try seven minutes later.

Visitors ahead

Cooney came off the back of the scrum to split two defenders before Jimmy Gopperth added the conversion edge Leinster ahead.

A Gopperth penalty arrived on the cusp of half-time to give the visitors a 10-5 advantage.

Leinster resumed where they left off, with a second try straight after the restart. Reid racing clear, leaving Gopperth with a simple conversion under the posts.

Zebre responded with a penalty from Kelly Haimona, but three-point contributions were not good enough and Kirchner showed them how it should be done as he crashed on to an offload for a try, with substitute Ian Madigan converting.

A fourth try then rounded things off with Hudson sidestepping over the line with seconds remaining, with Madigan again on the spot with the two points.

Leinster have the opportunity to temporarily take top spot on Friday when they host mid-table Newport Gwent Dragons, with Munster facing Zebre on Saturday evening.

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Guinness PRO12 Table

Guinness PRO12 Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
11 Zebre 2 0
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Guinness PRO12
Friday 19th September
Guinness PRO12
19:30Munster vs Zebre
19:35Connacht vs Leinster
19:35Cardiff Blues vs Ulster
Saturday 20th September
14:40Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow
18:00Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso
Sunday 21st September
16:00Ospreys vs Edinburgh
Friday 26th September
19:35Leinster vs Cardiff Blues
19:35Glasgow vs Connacht
19:35Edinburgh vs Scarlets
Saturday 27th September
16:00Zebre vs Ulster
18:30Munster vs Ospreys
Sunday 28th September
16:00Newport Gwent D'gons vs Benetton Treviso
Friday 3rd October
19:35Ulster vs Edinburgh
19:35Zebre vs Ospreys
19:35Connacht vs Cardiff Blues
Saturday 4th October
18:30Leinster vs Munster
Sunday 5th October
15:00Benetton Treviso vs Glasgow
16:00Scarlets vs Newport Gwent D'gons
Friday 10th October
19:35Munster vs Scarlets
Saturday 11th October
TBCBenetton Treviso vs Connacht
14:40Edinburgh vs Newport Gwent D'gons
16:00Zebre vs Leinster
17:05Ulster vs Glasgow
Sunday 12th October
16:00Ospreys vs Cardiff Blues
Friday 31st October
19:35Ospreys vs Connacht

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