Zebre fall just short in comeback bid as Sharks triumph in Parma
Zebre Parma had a late try disallowed as they fell agonisingly short of completing a second-half fightback for the second week running, losing 42-37 to the Sharks.
The Italians pushed Leinster all the way in a 33-29 defeat last weekend having trailed 28-10 at the break, and they were on the wrong end of the same half-time scoreline again on Friday.
Reniel Hugo, Kerron van Vuuren, Werner Kok and Rohan Janse van Rensburg all touched down as the visitors wrapped up the bonus point in less than 30 minutes, but Zebre – who were temporarily reduced to 13 men early in the half – responded through Luca Bigi before the interval.
Simone Gesi and Taina Fox-Matamua then went over early in the second period, before Gabriele Venditti and Jacopo Trulla both crossed to set up a tense finish, with Dan Jooste scoring the Sharks’ only try of the second period.
Trulla looked to have pulled Zebre level at 39-39 with the conversion to come four minutes from time, but the hosts were penalised for a block at the preceding kick-off flagged by the TMO, denying Tiff Eden an opportunity to kick Zebre in front for the first time.
After Chamberlain kicked the resulting penalty, Eden was able to salvage the losing bonus point with a three-pointer of his own, with both sides having earlier secured the try bonus.
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