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Ian Keatley boots Benetton to victory over Zebre

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Ian Keatley, attacking Italy as the starting No10 oil 2015, was part of Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad during their stellar 2017/18 season (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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Ian Keatley booted eight points as Benetton claimed a battling 13-8 win over Italian rivals Zebre in their Pro14 clash in Parma.


Both sides fought through difficult conditions at the Stadio Sergio Lanfrachi with Keatley’s accuracy and a second-half try from Epalahame Faive proving decisive.

In a gruelling first period Zebre’s Marco Riccioni missed his first three penalties before finally scoring with his fourth to give his side a 3-0 half-time lead.

Faiva capitalised on a sustained period of pressure to score the first try of the game for Benetton on 53 minutes.

A conversion from Keatley and a subsequent penalty put Benetton in full control but Marco Manfredi bundled over for Zebre to set up an exciting finish.

The home side pushed hard but ultimately a further Keatley penalty proved enough for Benetton to maintain their dominant record over their rivals.

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