Connacht's PRO12 clash with Zebre abandoned due to adverse weather conditions
Published 17/09/2016 | 22:16
Connacht's Guinness PRO12 game at Zebre had to be abandoned at half-time due to lightning and hailstones in Parma.
The Irish side trailed their Italian hosts 22-10 at the break when the treacherous weather forced match official Ian Davies to call off the game because of concerns over player and fan safety.
A statement on pro12rugby.com read: " This evening's game has been abandoned due to adverse weather conditions causing considerable risk to both the players and spectators.
"Referee Ian Davies made the correct decision to abandon the match due to a prolonged spell of lightning and hailstones.
"Because the game was abandoned after only 40 minutes of play the result of the fixture is null and void. As such a replay of the fixture will be required and the date of the rearranged game, which will be played across the regulation period of 80 minutes, will be announced in due course."
Tries from Tommaso Boni, Maxime Mbanda and Jacopo Sarto plus two conversions from Carlo Canna and a penalty from Edoardo Padovani put the hosts in control during the first half at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.
Winger Tiernan O'Halloran touched down for Connacht's only score, with their other points coming from the boot of Jack Carty.