Looking Ahead To Zebre
27th September 2016 By Munster Rugby
We look at the pre-match starts with Zebre coming to town this Saturday for round 5 of the Guinness PRO12 – ko 5pm. Tickets for this game are now available online and from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices at Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park.
Munster Rugby’s solitary defeat in their last six PRO12 encounters was 23-24 to Cardiff Blues in Cork in round 2, bouncing back with wins on the road in Dragons and on their first Thomond Park outing where they recorded their first bonus point win of the campaign over Edinburgh last weekend.
Munster have yet to taste defeat in Thomond Park in 2016, winning their last five encounters in all competitions at the venue, including their most recent win over Zebre. The Italians will not want to repeat the mistakes of last time out in Limerick where Munster recorded their biggest ever winning margin in the PRO12 with each of the starting XV a graduate of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy. Netting 6 tries in racking up a 47-0 scoreline, Simon Zebo also celebrated becoming Munster’s all-time record try scorer, crossing for a brace on the night.
Zebre, along with Connacht, are the only two teams yet to secure a win this season but Gianluca Guidi’s men have been building steadily with each performance. Beating Connacht 22-10 in round 3 before the game was abandoned due to adverse weather conditions, Zebre were also unlucky not to claim a share of the spoils against second placed Cardiff last weekend, Edoardo Padovani unable to add a touchline conversion late on to draw the sides level. 21-23 was the full time score.
CJ Stander enters this weekend’s game off the back off a huge performance against Edinburgh that saw him record the most carries in round 4. Assured with both ball in and off the tee, Tyler Belyendall has been one of the league’s key playmakers of late and with four-from-four in the conversion stakes last weekend, is second only to Sam Davies in the PRO12 kicking standings.
In terms of discipline, Munster and Connacht currently share the top of the fair play league and are the only teams yet to concede a yellow card.
Munster v Zebre, Guinness PRO12 round 5, Saturday October 1st at Thomond Park, KO 5pm.
Please note this game will not be televised.
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Referee: Dan Jones (WRU, 1st competition game)
Assistant Referees: Simon Rees (WRU), Dermot Blake (IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: Murray Whyte (IRFU)
|HEAD TO HEAD – RECENT GUINNESS PRO12 MEETINGS|
|Date||Venue||M||Z||Munster scorers||Zebre scorers|
|Fri 13 Sep 13||Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi||43||21||CJ Stander(2T) Paddy Butler(T) JJ Hanrahan(3C/5P) Ian Keatley(T/C)||Andrea Manici(T) Luciano Orquera(T/C/3P)|
|Sat 15 Feb 14||Irish Independent Park||36||8||JJ Hanrahan(C/P) Ian Keatley(3C) Tommy O'Donnell(T) Ger Slattery(2T) Simon Zebo(2T)||Guglielmo Palazzani(P) Tommaso d'Apice(T)|
|Fri 19 Sep 14||Thomond Park||31||5||Dave Kilcoyne(T) Andrew Smith(T) JJ Hanrahan(3C) Simon Zebo(3T)||Samuela Vunisa(T)|
|Sat 10 Jan 15||Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi||31||7||CJ Stander(T) Conor Murray(T) Felix Jones(T) Ian Keatley(4C/P) Simon Zebo(T)||Oliviero Fabiani(T) Luciano Orquera(C)|
|Sat 30 Jan 16||Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi||16||12||Mark Chisholm(T) Ian Keatley(C/D/2P)||Kelly Haimona(4P)|
|Fri 25 Mar 16||Thomond Park||47||0||CJ Stander(T) Johnny Holland(5C) Conor Murray(T/C) Ronan O'Mahony(T) Penalty Try(2T) Simon Zebo(2T)|