Ulster score nearly 70 against Zebre

Date published: March 11 2017

Ulster made light work of Zebre in the PRO12 by running in nine tries past Zebre in a 68-21 win in Belfast on Saturday.

Ireland international Luke Marshall finished with a brace as Ulster cruised towards a bonus-point victory, one which moves them up into the play-offs into fourth place and also four points clear of the Scarlets.

Ruan Pienaar, Charles Piutau, Jacob Stockdale, Craig Gilroy, John Andrew, Stuart Olding and Paul Marshall were the other scorers for Ulster, with Pienaar overall finish with 17 points after kicking six conversions.

Zebre did manage three tries of their own but they once again came away with nothing after another dispiriting defeat, which keeps bottom of the PRO12 behind Treviso.

The scorers:

For Ulster:
Tries: L Marshall 2, Pienaar, Piutau, Stockdale, Gilroy, Andrew, Olding, P Marshall
Cons: Pienaar 6, Olding 3

For Zebre:
Tries: De Marcha, Roan, Greef
Cons: Bordoli, Palazzani 2

Ulster: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Jacob Stockdale, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Stuart,  9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Marcell Coetzee, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Robbie Diack, 5 Allan O’Connor, 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Rob Herring (c), 1 Callum Black
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Andrew Warwick, 18 Rodney Ah You , 19 Franco van der Merwe, 20 Clive Ross, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Pete Nelson, 23 David Busby

Zebre: 15 Dion Berryman, 14 Mattia Bellini, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Tommaso Castello, 11 Lloyd Greeff, 10 Serafin Bordoli, 9 Carlo Engelbrecht, 8 Federico Ruzza, 7 Gideon Koegelenberg, 6 Matteo Cornelli, 5 Valerio Bernabò, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys (c), 3 Bartholomeus Le Roux, 2 Oliviero Fabiani, 1 Andrea De Marchi
Replacements: 16 Luigi Ferraro, 17 Bruno Postiglioni, 18 Guillermo Roan, 19 Joshua Furno, 20 Julien Nibert, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Matteo Pratichetti, 23 Malou Mornas

Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Aled Evans (Wales), Dermot Blake (Ireland)
TMO: Neil Hennessy (Wales)