Pro12: Munster 47-0 Zebre
|Munster (14) 47|
|Tries: Penalty 2, R O'Mahony, Zebo 2, Stander, Murray Cons: J Holland 5, Murray|
|Zebre (0) 0|
Simon Zebo became Munster's all-time top try scorer in the 47-0 bonus-point rout of Zebre at Thomond Park.
Zebo's second-half brace in the Pro12 encounter took him to 43 tries in 97 provincial appearances.
Munster led 14-0 lead at half-time with a penalty try followed by Ronan O'Mahony going over.
Munster surged clear after the break with tries from CJ Stander and Conor Murray along with Zebo's double and another penalty try.
The hosts scored from their first real opportunity - having turned down a central penalty, Munster drove forward ominously and Zebre captain Quintin Geldenhuys leaked an 11th-minute penalty try for pulling down the maul.
The penalties kept coming against Zebre, hands in the ruck from Geldenhuys - in front of his posts - saw him sin-binned in the 23rd minute and Munster took immediate advantage.
From an advanced scrum position, the ball was moved wide for winger O'Mahony to go over in the left corner off Rory Scannell's pinpoint skip pass.
A stamp on Tommy O'Donnell's leg at a ruck earned Giulio Toniolatti 10 minutes in the bin, yet Munster's misfiring ways were summed up by a late maul chance that was quickly grounded.
Their clinical edge returned seven minutes into the second period, with Darren Sweetnam leading a surge up the right wing and Zebo burned past Kayle van Zyl on the outside to raid in behind the posts.
Turnover ball in front of their posts led to a fine breakaway score just two minutes later, Sweetnam and Ian Keatley darting downfield to tee-up Zebo's second seven-pointer.
Stander and Murray then got in on the scoring act, with a brilliant break and offload from O'Donnell teeing-up Stander, and then Murray sniped over off a lineout drive.
Struggling Zebre suffered their third yellow card when replacement front rower Bruno Postiglioni walked for repeated scrum infringements.
With the Italian side's set piece giving way again, Munster gained a second penalty try in the 73rd minute to top off an important result and performance following last week's poor outing in Cardiff.
Munster: Zebo, Sweetnam, Earls, R. Scannell, R. O'Mahony, J. Holland, O'Leary, Kilcoyne, N. Scannell, Archer, D. Ryan, B. Holland, D. O'Callaghan, O'Donnell, O'Donoghue.
Replacements: Johnston for Earls (58), Keatley for J. Holland (51), Murray for O'Leary (49), Cronin for Kilcoyne (55), Sherry for N. Scannell (55), Sagario for Archer (58), Foley for D. Ryan (65), Stander for D. O'Callaghan (48).
Zebre: Van Zyl, L. Sarto, Bisegni, Boni, Toniolatti, Haimona, Palazzani, Roan, Fabiani, Chistolini, Geldenhuys, Bernabo, Cook, Ruzza, Meyer.
Replacements: De Marchi for Van Zyl (72), Beyers for Bisegni (41), Pratichetti for Toniolatti (41), Burgess for Haimona (57), Postiglioni for Roan (59), Ceccarelli for Chistolini (48), Koegelenberg for Bernabo (41). Not Used: Caffini.
Sin Bin: Geldenhuys (23), Toniolatti (31), Postiglioni (72).