Connacht 22 Zebre 20
Man of the Match Cian Prendergast said the manner of Connacht’s win in their final game summed up a frustrating campaign for the Westerners.
They finished with a victory against basement side Zebre Parma, but the concession of two late tries left them hanging on at the Sportsground.
“We put ourselves in a position to probably win by more. It was very scrappy from us, a lot of stupid errors, but it was symptomatic of our season though,” said the promising back rower. “We won for the boys who are leaving, but we would have liked to win in a nicer way.”
His displays have been one of the highlights of a disappointing campaign and he could be set for a trip to New Zealand this summer on the back of them.
“It’s been an incredible year, it has been incredible to get these opportunities,” said the Kildare native.
“The leadership group we have put a lot of faith in me to be myself on the pitch and that’s been incredible for me.”
Connacht – O McNulty, J Porch, T Farrell (S Arnold 68), T Daly, A Wootton, J Carty (C Fitzgerald 52), K Marmion (C Reilly 50), D Buckley (M Burke 60), D Tierney-Martin (D Heffernan 60), F Bealham (S Illo 60), G Thornbury (U Dillane 61), N Murray, E Masterson (A Papali’i 62), S Masterson, C Prendergast.
Zebre – L Pani; A Tuivuaka, F Smith (J Laloifi 63), E Lucchin, J Trulla; C Canna, C Casilio (A Fusco 59); D Fischetti (P Buonfiglio 60), L Bigi (G Ribaldi 53), E Bello (M Nocera 60), D Sisi, A Zambonin (L Krumov 59), L Andreani (R Vintcent 59), I Bianchi, T Fox-Matamua (M Ceciliani 78).
Referee – A Jones (Wales).