WATCH - Connacht's game abandoned due to a violent thunderstorm in Italy
Published 17/09/2016 | 18:40
Connacht's game with Zebre has been abandoned at half time due to a violent thunderstorm in Parma
The reigning Pro12 champions were trailing 22-10 at the break when the decision was made to abandon the game due to concerns over safety.
The Italians had scored three tries in the opening half against Tiernan O'Halloran's solitary touchdown for Pat Lam's side.
After two heavy defeats in their opening two fixtures against Glasgow and the Ospreys, Connacht were under a lot of pressure to bounce back with a win this week. This clip will give you an idea of the conditions that forced the abandonment. Watch below:
A statement from the Pro12 this evening read: "This evening’s game between Zebre Rugby and Connacht Rugby (September 17) has been abandoned due to adverse weather conditions causing considerable risk to both the players and spectators at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.
"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.
"Supporters should retain their tickets which were issued for today’s match as they will be valid for the rearranged fixture."