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Zebre

  • Sinoti, Venditti,
    Penalty goals: Halangahu (3), Garcia (2),
25 - 27

Munster

  • Murphy, Botha, Butler,
    Penalty goals: Keatley (2),
    Conversions: Keatley (3),

RaboDirect Pro12 match report: Munster ensure Zebre end season winless

Last updated: 3rd May 2013  

Sinoti Sinoti in action for Zebre

Sinoti Sinoti: Touched down for Zebre

BJ Botha of Munster charge

BJ Botha: Touched down for Munster's decisive try

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Munster overturned an eight-point half-time deficit to ensure that RaboDirect Pro12 minnows Zebre finished their campaign without a single victory.

The Italian side looked on course to end a disastrous season with a flourish as they forged into a 22-14 interval lead.

Samoan international Sinoti Sinoti and fellow winger Giovanbattista Venditti both touched down for tries, while fly-half Daniel Halangahu kicked three penalties.

But first-half scores from Paddy Butler and Johne Murphy had kept Munster in touch and the game's decisive try arrived on 65 minutes as replacement BJ Botha went over shortly after coming on.

Ian Keatley, who finished with 12 points, held his nerve to slot the conversion and edge his side two points ahead.

Halangahu could not find the target with a penalty seven minutes from time which would have put Zebre back into the lead, while Keatley saw an effort sail wide of the posts in a nail-biting finale.

That gave Zebre one final crack to break down Munster but the visitors' defence held firm to seal a dramatic victory and one that ensured sixth place in the standings.

Rock-bottom Zebre did at least collect their 10th losing bonus point but it

will be scant consolation for the Parma-based outfit.

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Guinness PRO12 Table - May 10 2014
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Friday 5th September
Guinness PRO12
19:35Munster vs Edinburgh
19:35Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso
Saturday 6th September
14:40Scarlets vs Ulster
17:00Connacht vs Newport Gwent D'gons
17:15Glasgow vs Leinster
Sunday 7th September
17:00Zebre vs Cardiff Blues
Friday 12th September
19:35Benetton Treviso vs Munster
19:35Ulster vs Zebre
19:35Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys
19:35Edinburgh vs Connacht
Saturday 13th September
14:40Leinster vs Scarlets
Sunday 14th September
16:00Cardiff Blues vs Glasgow
Friday 19th September
19:30Munster vs Zebre
19:35Connacht vs Leinster
19:35Cardiff Blues vs Ulster
Saturday 20th September
TBCScarlets vs Benetton Treviso
14:40Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow
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

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