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Munster 49-11 Zebre: Gavin Coombes scores four tries as Munster end season with a flourish

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Gavin Coombes’ haul introduced his private attempt tally to fifteen for the season
Zebre (6) 11
Strive: Mori Pens: Canna 2
Munster (28) 54
Tries: G Coombes 4, Casey 2, N Scannell, L Coombes Cons: Carbery 6, Flannery

Gavin Coombes furthered his case for an Eire call-up with four tries as Munster ended their season with a trendy eight-try win over Zebre in Parma.

Craig Casey (two), Niall Scannell and Liam Coombes additionally crossed whereas Federico Mori scored the one attempt for the hosts, who end backside of the Rainbow Cup’s northern league with no factors.

The win lifts Munster above Edinburgh into second as their 2020-21 marketing campaign attracts to a shut.

With Irish head coach Andy Farrell set to call his squad for the summer time Assessments on Monday, Coombes’ show was one more stand-out efficiency in a superb season from the 23-year-old again row.

Extensively anticipated to be in competition for a call-up earlier than the sport, his excellent show in Parma solely strengthens the chance of his inclusion for matches in opposition to the USA and Japan in July.

Coombes and Casey, one other participant more likely to function in Eire’s subsequent squad, every scored twice within the first half as the hosts eased by the gears, with their forwards dominating the set-piece offering a platform for his or her backs to punch holes in a disorganised Zebre defence.

Carlo Canna’s two penalties have been all of the hosts needed to present for a one-sided first half.

There was no let-up from Munster after the break with Niall Scannell touching city from a maul, simply as Coombes had carried out within the first half.

Liam Coombes, cousin of Gavin, scored his facet’s sixth attempt on the hour mark earlier than his cousin powered over for his hat-trick attempt after which added a fourth within the ultimate play of the sport.

The second half additionally noticed Billy Holland come on for his 247th and ultimate Munster look, with the lock transferring into retirement as the province’s second most-capped participant of all time,

Munster: Gallagher; Conway, Farrell, R Scannell, L Coombes; J Carbery, C Casey; Kilcoyne, N Scannell, Ryan, Kleyn, F Wycherley; O’Mahony, O’Donoghue, G Coombes.

Replacements: Ok O’Byrne, O’Connor, Salanoa, Ahern, Holland, McCarthy, Flannery, Cloete.

Zebre: Trulla; D’Onofrio, Mori, Lucchin, Bruno; Canna, Violi; Lovotti, Bigi, Nocera, Sisi, Krumov; Bianchi, Leavasa, Giammarioli.

Replacements: Manfredi, Rimpelli, D’Amico, Ortis, Licata, Casilio, Di Marco, Biondelli.

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