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Connacht will hope to maintain their 100pc winning return against Zebre tomorrow and move closer to a play-off for Champions Cup qualification.  Photo: Stock image

Connacht will hope to maintain their 100pc winning return against Zebre tomorrow and move closer to a play-off for Champions Cup qualification. Photo: Stock image

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Connacht will hope to maintain their 100pc winning return against Zebre tomorrow and move closer to a play-off for Champions Cup qualification. Photo: Stock image

Connacht will hope to maintain their 100pc winning return against Zebre tomorrow and move closer to a play-off for Champions Cup qualification.

With just four games to go after this weekend, all focus has now switched to securing seventh place in the competition.

The seventh and eighth-ranked Guinness Pro12 teams will reach the play-off semi-finals, but if a Pro12 team was to win the Challenge Cup, just one play-off slot will be decided by the league standings.

Connacht lead Cardiff by one point, and a win in Parma is vital ahead of further games with Edinburgh, Leinster, Scarlets and Munster.

Already this season Connacht have claimed three bonus-point wins over Zebre, but this game was originally scheduled to be played in September, and with Zebre 22-10 ahead at half-time the game was called off due to treacherous playing conditions after a torrential downpour.

Last weekend Munster needed a disciplined performance to take the win in Parma, but they still conceded two tries against the attack-minded Italians.

Pat Lam knows his side will need to improve from their own defeat to Glasgow if they are to leave with the win.

"We did some really good things and a lot of effort, but unfortunately all of their points came off our errors or discipline," said Lam.

"Ultimately we have to look at all the good things we did and let's work on the things that we didn't.

"They are all learnings and it is what it is. We have to get back and get over to Zebre for our catch-up game now."

Irish Independent