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Zebre

  • van Schalkwyk, Venditti, Vunisa,
    Conversions: Nathan, Chillon,
19 - 27

Connacht

  • Penalty, Griffin, Ah You, Marmion,
    Penalty goals: Parks,
    Conversions: Parks (2),
  • Guinness PRO12
  • 23rd Feb 2014
  • KO 16:30
  • Ground: Stadio XXV Aprile
  • Att: 1,841

RaboDirect PRO12: Connacht claim bonus-point win at Zebre

Last updated: 23rd February 2014  

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Connacht opened up an eight-point gap at the bottom of the RaboDirect PRO12 standings after beating basement side Zebre 27-19 on Sunday.

Scores from Rodney Ah You and Kieran Marmion, as well as a penalty try, saw the Irish province go into the break with a 22-0 advantage.

Eoin Griffin's second-half try sealed the five points for the visitors, although Giovanbattista Venditti, Samuela Vunisa and Dries van Schalkwyk touchdowns gave the Italian side some consolation.

Zebre have only won two games since joining the PRO12, but this encounter against a team directly above them is one they would have targeted.

However, their first half performance proved disastrous as Connacht dominated the opening 25 minutes.

Dan Parks' penalty three minutes into the match gave the visitors the lead before Ah You touched down soon after to extend that advantage.

Control

Pat Lam's men continued to control proceedings and, following Salvatore Perugini's yellow card, Marmion went over.

Zebre nearly hit back through Andrea de Marchi, but the prop was ruled to be in touch and an excellent opening period for the Irish side ended when they were awarded a penalty try from a scrum.

It was more of the same after the interval as Connacht crossed the whitewash for the fourth time through Griffin.

Venditti then halted the slide for the hosts when he finished well in the corner before an excellently executed set-piece move saw the Italians go over for their second.

Van Schalkwyk had the last say for the home team when he touched down late on, but it only partially masked their disappointing first-half display.

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Guinness PRO12 Table

Guinness PRO12 Table - November 30 2014
Pos Team P Pts
10 Zebre 9 9
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19:35Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets
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Sunday 28th December
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Thursday 1st January
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19:35Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors
Saturday 3rd January
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Friday 9th January
19:35Connacht vs Edinburgh
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14:00Treviso vs Ulster
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