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The reigning RaboDirect PRO12 Champions Connacht, registered a third straight victory in the tournament last weekend, when they travelled to Italy and defeated Benetton Treviso by 34-19, following on from wins over the Dragons in Galway and the Blues in Cardiff. They now have 34 points in total from 15 fixtures, and have closed the gap on sixth placed Glasgow Warriors to seven points, and with a game in hand against bottom of the table Zebre. A top six finish, and a guaranteed spot in next season's Champions Cup seems once more to be within their grasp.
On Friday, Connacht welcome the Parma based Zebre to the West of Ireland, and will be looking to extend that winning sequence and apply more pressure to the sides just above them in the standings. Zebre were beaten by another Irish Province last weekend, going down at home to Ulster by 17-40. An eighth straight loss in the Pro12 this season. Their only win in the 14 games that they have played came in Edinburgh at the end of October. Although bottom of the table with just nine points, Zebre are only two points adrift of their fellow countrymen Treviso. Leaving all to play for, as the top finishing Italian side at the end of the season is given a Champions Cup place.
Posted: 16th October 2015
Connacht take on the Italians of Zebre at The Sportsground on Friday evening in the Guinness PRO12 tournament. Currently in fourth position in the table, Connacht have won two and lost one game this season, but have picked up a bonus point in each of their three PRO12 fixtures. On Friday, the men from the West of Ireland will be seeking to register a third straight win at home for the first time since the turn of the year. Zebre find themselves in a familiar position at the foot of the table. They have finished rock bottom in both of the previous seasons in which they have competed in the RaboDirect PRO12. They are the only one of the teams in the tournament who have still to register a single point during the new campaign.
The Italians are looking to break a run of nine successive defeats in the PRO12, but given that the only win they have ever managed against an Irish Province came against Ulster by 13-6 in parma in September last year, that looks unlikely. Connacht have met Zebre ten times previously in all competition, and have yet to taste defeat. Despite Italy being out of the World Cup, and the possible return of some of their international players, an Italian victory seems unlikely on Friday.
Posted: 21st November 2014
After exceeding all expectations at the start of the Guinness PRO12 season, Irish Provincial minnows Connacht, have slipped in recent outings in the tournament, with just one win in their four PRO12 fixtures. That solitary victory in the last four rounds came at the expense of the Italians of Benetton Treviso in Round 6, who currently prop up the rest of the league, not having won a game in the tournament this season.
On Friday evening, Connacht welcome the other Italian side in the competition, Zebre. The Italians are just one place above their countrymen, with just one win to their name in the PRO12. That single win, was a shock home victory against Ulster by 13-6, but they have not won on the road since September 2013, and they face an Irish team on Friday that are unbeaten at the Sportsground in Galway in their last four fixtures. Their last reverse on their own ground, coming on 3rd May, when Cardiff Blues unseated them. The teams have met eight times previously, four times in both the RaboDirect Pro12 and the European Cup, with Connacht winning on each occasion. 0If Zebre do manage to spring a surprise on Friday, they will become only the second Italian side to have beaten Connacht at home, following in the footsteps of Treviso, who won at the ground 15-13 in December 2011.
Posted: 7th September 2013
Pat Lam’s first game in charge of Connacht sees the Irish province take on Italian outfit Zebre in the Pro12. Sign up today with watchliverugby.tv and see Connacht v Zebre live on your computer. Lam was formerly coach of the Auckland Blues in the Super 15 but was shown the door by the New Zealand franchise following a poor run of results in 2012. He has however managed a coup of sorts by landing Craig Clarke from two times Super Rugby champions the Chiefs.
Clarke was an instrumental player in back to back title winning campaigns in 2012 and 2013 and would have been in line to start for the All Blacks if he had not announced his decision to move to Europe. Clarke’s former Chiefs team mate, scrum half Brendan Leonard, will be part of the opposition this weekend after the No.9 signed for Zebre earlier this summer. Dave McSharry and Kyle Tonetti, Gavin Duffy, Mata Fifita, Miah Nikora and Dave Nolan are all injured for Connacht. The Irish side finished 8th last season in the Pro 12, while Zebre were at the bottom of the table, failing to win even a single league game. Sign up today and watch Connacht Rugby v Zebre live on your computer.
Posted: 1st March 2013
Friday, the 1st of March, Connacht and Zebre will play in Galway in the RaboDirect Pro12 at 19:45 local time and GMT. Connacht takes the ninth spot on the table right now. They have six wins out of sixteen games played, and they have earned 28 points so far. They have three teams below them on the table, including Edinburgh in the number 10 spot with 23 points and the Dragons in eleventh, having earned just 22 points. In last place on the table is the other team competing this week, Zebre, who has no wins and seven points.
At the top of the table right now is Ulster, who has won 13 games so far this season. They take that spot with 59 points while Glasgow comes in at number two with 56 points earned. Leinster is the third team with 12 wins and 54 points.
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