Monday 22 January 2018

European Watch: Zebre hit by more weather woes

Players run in the fog during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 2, round 3 match Zebre Rugby vs Stade Toulousain at the Lanfranchi Stadium in Parma. AFP/Getty Images
Players run in the fog during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 2, round 3 match Zebre Rugby vs Stade Toulousain at the Lanfranchi Stadium in Parma. AFP/Getty Images

Declan Rooney

You might imagine that the Italian teams have been blessed by the weathers gods, but Parma-based Zebre must be praying to the wrong deities after their third game of the season fell foul of inclement conditions last weekend.

Their Pro12 game with Connacht in September was washed out and abandoned at half-time when a violent thunderstorm lashed the picturesque city. That game had been going well for the hosts too as they led 22-10 at the break.

Their trip to Kingspan Stadium in Belfast at the end of November didn't fare much better either as the game was postponed before a ball was kicked due to a frozen pitch.

And last weekend their Champions Cup Pool 2 clash with Toulouse also had to be switched from a night-time kick-off to an afternoon start. And then when the game finally got underway it only lasted 63 minutes before being called to a halt by referee Ian Davies.

At the time Toulouse held a 36-6 lead thanks to tries from Arthur Boneval (2), Gael Fickou, Joe Tekori and Yoann Huget.

Competition rules state that once a game has completed 60 minutes before it is called to a halt the result stands, so Toulouse claimed the five points up for grabs.

The return fixture takes place tomorrow at Stade Ernst Wallon, with kick-off scheduled for the same time (3.15) as Munster's game away to Leicester.

Irish Independent

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