Munster took advantage of an early red card for Zebre’s Pierre Bruno to secure a 28-0 PRO14 victory at the Stadio Giovanni Mari.
Bruno was banished in the ninth minute for leading with the forearm in tackling Munster back-rower Chris Cloete.
Munster took the lead almost instantly as wing Calvin Nash won a kick and chase and outside-half JJ Hanrahan converted.
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Zebre defended well in an attritional battle, but Munster made their extra man count after the break.
Hanrahan converted his own try and then added the extras to a Rory Scannell score.
Darren Sweetnam claimed the bonus-point try seven minutes from time and Hanrahan added his fourth conversion as Munster coasted home.
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The bonus point victory went some way to bolstering Munster’s PRO14 title hopes, as the result leaves them just three points adrift of Conference B leaders Edinburgh, who sit on 43 points.
Munster will turn their attention to conference rivals Scarlets in a week’s time as hosting rights for a quarter-final berth go on the line at Thomond Park in Limerick.
As for Zebre, the struggling Italian outfit will look to register their third win of the season in a bottom-of-the-conference battle with Ospreys at home in seven days’ time.
– With Press Association
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