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Charlie Walker helps Zebre to bonus-point win over Cheetahs

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Zebre's Charlie Walker celebrates during his Harlequins days (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins)

Wing Charlie Walker scored a try in each half as Zebre claimed a 41-13 bonus-point win over Cheetahs in Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 match at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

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Johan Meyer, Joshua Renton and Guilio Bisegni also crossed for Michael Bradley’s Italian side, with fly-half Carlo Canna adding 16 points from the tee.

Wilmar Arnoldi scored the opening try of the match for Cheetahs in the seventh minute, but Walker’s first converted try and two Canna penalties saw the hosts pull clear.

George Whitehead slotted a penalty for the visitors but Johan Meyer’s converted try gave Zebre a 20-8 half-time lead. Renton increased their advantage eleven minutes into the second period before Tian Meyer cross for Cheetahs.

However, after that it was one-way traffic, with Walker scoring his second converted try of the game in the 65th minute before Bisegni added the final touchdown five minutes before the hooter.

– Press Association

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