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Below-par Munster scrape past Zebre, Connacht well beaten by Glasgow
The Irish sides both looked below their usual standard, with Eric Elwood’s men particularly disappointing.

Updated at 22.20

MUNSTER NARROWLY DEFEATED Zebre with a 27-25 victory this evening at Stadio XXV Aprile.

The Irish side looked below their usual standard, as they were clearly suffering a hangover from their recent Heineken Cup semi-final loss.

Tries from BJ Botha, Johne Murphy and Paddy Butler helped Munster prevail ultimately, after they had found themselves 22-14 down at half-time.

Meanwhile, Connacht gave a disappointing performance in Eric Elwood’s game as coach, losing 20-3 at home to Glasgow.

A Daniel van der Merwe try and a Ruaridh Jackson gave the visitors the lead, with Dan Parks’ penalty just before half-time making it 10-3.

The Scottish side withstood some pressure thereafter, before a try on 70 minutes from Lions call-up Sean Maitland proved the killer blow, with Stuart Hogg also adding a penalty and a conversion over the course of the half.

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