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Sunday 20 April 2014

Second half resurgence from Munster deny Zebre win

Zebre 21 Munster 43

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan

A second-half resurgence from Munster denied Zebre their first ever win in the RaboDirect Pro12.

Zebre went in at half-time 18-9 ahead after tries from Luciano Orquera and Andrea Macini but CJ Stander's double helped the Irish province to a 43-21 success.

Two JJ Hanrahan penalties gave Munster an early lead but Orquera halved the deficit and then crossed for the opening try after catching Munster off guard with a quick tap penalty.

Hanrahan brought his side back within a point but hooker Macini surprisingly popped up on the end of a flowing move and outpaced Munster full-back Denis Hurley to score.

Half-time substitute James Downey quickly won a penalty from which Hanrahan cut the deficit and it sparked a dramatic second-half comeback.

Paddy Butler's try and Hanrahan's conversion put Munster 19-18 up, and two barnstorming runs through the defence from Stander proved decisive.

Filippo Ferrarini wasted a three-on-one chance to bring Zebre back into the game and replacement fly-half Ian Keatley converted his own try to round off Munster's win.

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