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- Guinness PRO12
- 23rd Feb 2014
- KO 16:30
- Ground: Stadio XXV Aprile
- Att: 1,841
RaboDirect PRO12: Connacht claim bonus-point win at Zebre
- Scarlets edge past Edinburgh
- Dragons edge out Warriors
- Ulster hold off Treviso
- Munster hunt down Ospreys
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.
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
|Sunday 14th September|
|Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 Glasgow|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Leinster 42 - 12 Scarlets|
|Friday 12th September|
|Ulster 33 - 13 Zebre|
|Edinburgh 13 - 14 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys|
|Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 Munster|
|Sunday 7th September|
|Zebre 26 - 41 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Glasgow 22 - 20 Leinster|
|Connacht 16 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 32 - 32 Ulster|
|Friday 5th September|
|Munster 13 - 14 Edinburgh|
|Ospreys 44 - 13 Benetton Treviso|
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