Pro12: Zebre 7-31 Munster

Munster's Paddy Butler with a hand-off on Zebre opponent Jacopo Sarto
Munster's Paddy Butler with a hand-off on Zebre opponent Jacopo Sarto
Zebre: (0) 7
Tries: Fabiani Cons: Orquera
Munster: (24) 31
Tries: Jones, Stander, Murray, Zebo Cons: Keatley 4 Pens: Keatley

Munster moved up to second in the Pro12 thanks to a bonus-point victory over Zebre in Italy on Saturday.

Felix Jones, CJ Stander and Conor Murray scored tries to help Munster into a 24-0 half-time lead at the Stadio XXV Aprile.

Simon Zebo added a fourth try while Zebre grabbed a consolation try through Oliveiro Fabiani.

It was Munster's sixth successive win against the Italian side and leaves them a point behind leaders Glasgow.

It was the perfect response from Munster after ashock 24-16 defeat at provincial rivals Connacht on New Year's Day, which included throwing away a 13-point lead.

Ian Keatley's penalty put the Irish visitors ahead after eight minutes in Parma.

Jones scored the opening try five minutes later, going over from a Pat Howard off-load, with Keatley adding the first of four successful conversions.

Stander crashed over with tap and go from a free-kick on 28 minutes and the third try quickly followed.

Murray touched down from close range although he collided with a post in the process and was forced off injured before returning at the start of the second half.

Zebo secured the bonus two minutes after the restart, running in with ease after Stander secured possession.

Fabiani's converted try after 57 minutes failed to spark a Zebre comeback and Munster ran out comfortable winners.

There was more food news for Munster, with Keith Earls coming on for his first appearance of the season while James Cronin also returned from injury.

Zebre: Odiete, Venditti, Iannone, Haimona, L. Sarto, Padovani, Leonard, De Marchi, Manici, Redolfini, Geldenhuys, Bortolami, Cristiano, M. Bergamasco, van Schalkwyk, Orquera.

Replacements: Palazzani for Venditti (44), Orquera for Padovani (44), Leibson for De Marchi (69), Fabiani for Manici (25), Chistolini for Redolfini (57), J. Sarto for Cristiano (59), Bernabo for M. Bergamasco (54), M. Bergamasco for Orquera (45).

Munster: Jones, R. O'Mahony, Howard, Hanrahan, Zebo, Keatley, Murray, Guinazu, O'Byrne, Archer, Foley, B. Holland, D. O'Callaghan, P. O'Mahony, Stander.

Replacements: Earls for R. O'Mahony (55), J. Murphy for Keatley (71), Williams for Murray (34), J. Cronin for Guinazu (51), N. Scannell for O'Byrne (51), D. O'Callaghan for Foley (60), Butler for P. O'Mahony (68). Not Used: J. Ryan.

Ref: Ian Davies (Wales).

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