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The Guinness Pro12 fixture on Sunday at the Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma, between Zebre and Ulster is a fixture vital to the hopes of both sides in this season's tournament. Zebre are currently bottom of the table, having recorded just a solitary victory during the course of the season. However, their ambition stretches no further than finishing the regular season as the top Italian side, which will provide passage into next season's Champions Cup. Going into Round 16 of the competition this weekend, Zebre are just two points behind Treviso, their fellow countrymen, and they have two games in hand.
Ulster on the other hand, despite an inconsistent season, are still in the hunt for a post-season play-off spot. Ahead of the weekend, the Irish Province are in fifth position in the table, six points behind the Scarlets from Wales, but with a game in hand. Successive victories over the past fortnight, against Edinburgh and the Glasgow Warriors, having lifted themback into contention, after a run of five defeats in the previous seven RaboDirect PRO12 games, had seemed to end their hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase of the tournament.
Posted: 27th September 2014
Zebre have lost all three games that they have played in this season's Guinness PRO12 tournament, and failed to record so much as a single bonus point. They are avoiding last place on the table only by virtue of the fact that their fellow Italians from Treviso have an identical record, but have an even worse points difference.
As well as the three losses this season, Zebre lost their last game of the previous campaign, the last success that they tasted was against the Ospreys 30-27 in May at the Stadio XXV Aprile. Ulster who visit the Italians on Saturday, have already defeated Zebre in this season's tournament, having defeated the Italians in Belfast by 33-13 in Round 2, just one of 22 defeats that Zebre have suffered to Irish Provinces since they joins the tournament two seasons ago, with no wins to offset against that record. Ulster are one of four unbeaten sides in the PRO12 after just three rounds of the competition, but they are the only one of those sides not boasting a 100% winning record, having drawn their opening fixture with the Scarlets 32-32, after trailing by 14 points at one time during the game.
Posted: 30th November 2013
The Italians of Zebre went through their entire inaugural season in the PRO12 without registering a single victory. Their current campaign started in a much more positive fashion for them, recording a stunning victory at the Cardiff Arms Park against the Blues, and securing a home draw against the Scarlets in round 6. However, since that encouraging start, they have now gone five matches since their success against the Blues, and they find themselves plummeting back towards the foot of the table.
Their ten previous matches against Irish provinces have resulted in ten losses for Zebre, during which they have managed to secure a meager three losing bonus points, and just a single try bonus from those ten clashes. After an indifferent start to the 2013-14 seasons, Ulster is currently on a run that has seen them lose just once in their last eight games in all competitions. A defeat that came in round 7 of the RaboDirect PRO12, when the inconsistent Scarlets lowered their colors by 9-17. But they have lost just once to an Italian side in the past two years, a 12-23 at Raven hill, Belfast to Treviso. Last season, Ulster won narrowly in Parma, but were comfortable winners in Belfast in February.
Posted: 18th November 2012
On Sunday, the 18th of November, the RaboDirect Pro12 competition continues when Zebre and Ulster play in Parma at 15:00 local time and 14:00 GMT. Right now Zebre takes the very last spot in the RaboDirect Pro12 standings. They haven't played as many games as most of the teams on the table, since they have all played eight with the exception of Ulster, but they were not able to win any of the seven that they did play. However, Zebre was able to take a bonus point, so that gives them a grand total of one.
As for Ulster, they also have seven games beneath them, but they are polar opposites, having won every single game played so far. They have three bonus points, so their point total for all seven wins is thirty-one points.
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