Zebre stop the rot, Cheetahs beat Scarlets
Zebre halted a six-match losing streak with a 24-10 win over Connacht and the Cheetahs consigned Conference B leaders Scarlets to only a second Pro14 defeat of the season on Saturday.
Not since the end of September had Zebre celebrated a victory, but tries from Johan Meyer and Giovanbattista Venditti and 14 points from the boot of Carlo Canna gave them just a third Pro14 win of the campaign.
The Italian side are now within two points of Connacht in Conference A after a hard-fought success at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, where two Canna penalties put them 6-0 up at half-time.
Tom Farrell raced through for a converted try to put the 2016 champions in front early in the second half and Jack Carty slotted over a penalty to restore their one-point advantage after a third Canna kick.
Zebre were not to be denied, Meyer and Venditti going over in the last 13 minutes and Canna nailing a drop-goal as the Parma-based side stopped the rot.
He will not be denied! @giambavenditti finishes off a fantastic @ZebreRugby move to cap victory over @connachtrugby in style! It finishes 24-10 in Italy.#GUINNESSPRO14#ZEBvCONpic.twitter.com/YVzwPYD1Jc-- PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) December 2, 2017
Craig Barry claimed a brace in a 28-21 win for Cheetahs over Scarlets at Free State Stadium.
William Small-Smith also dotted down as saw their advantage over Leinster at the Conference B summit cut to three points, tries from James Davies and Ioan Nicholas proving to be in vain.
Munster, second in Conference A, eased to a five-try 36-10 victory over Ospreys, while James Lowe scored two tries on his debut in Leinster's 36-10 win at Benetton Treviso.