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Tom Tainton

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Posted Saturday, October 20th 2018

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Report: Zebre 20-17 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears were sunk by a last-gasp penalty goal to leave Parma empty handed in the European Challenge Cup.

Pat Lam’s men – who scored two first half tries through Tom Pincus - went down 20-17 to Zebre in a tightly contested encounter on Saturday.

What happened?

In glorious conditions at Sergio Lanfranchi, Pincus opened the scoring with his first competitive try for the club on the quarter hour. The full back dotted down after a flowing backline move, while Sheedy slotted the conversion.

Zebre pushed for a response, but – despite several clear-cut opportunities – couldn’t break through a stubborn Bristolian defence.

However, the Italian outfit engineered a route back into the game on the half hour as the inventive Carlo Canna squeezed between two defenders to level proceedings.

And Zebre turned the game on its head late in the half when Jimmy Tuivaiti muscled his way over the whitewash from close-range for a converted score.

Nick Fenton-Wells offloads at Stadio Lanfranchi (JMP UK)

And Zebre turned the game on its head late in the half when Jimmy Tuivaiti muscled his way over the whitewash from close-range for a converted score.

In the final play of an action-packed first forty, Tom Pincus latched onto Callum Sheedy’s perfectly weighted crossfield kick to cross for his second – converted by Sheedy - to leave the two sides evenly matched at 14 points apiece at the interval.

It wasn’t until the hour mark that Canna broke the deadlock in a turgid second period, splitting the uprights with a well-struck three pointer to move Zebre 17-14 ahead.

Callum Sheedy responded with a successful penalty goal of his own, before Mattia Bellini was a whisker away from finishing a flowing counter, only to spill the ball just a metre from the chalk.

And, although Luhandre Luus was sent to the bin for a deliberate knock on, it was Zebre who edged back ahead with another Canna penalty and that late flourish was enough to secure the narrow victory.

The teams:

Zebre Rugby:

15. Francois Brummer; 14. Mattia Bellini, 13. Giulio Bisegni, 12. Tommaso Castello (c), 11. Gabriele Di Giulio; 10. Carlo Canna, 9. Marcello Violi; 1. Andrea Lovotti*, 2. Oliviero Fabiani, 3. Dario Chistolini, 4. David Sisi, 5. George Biagi, 6. Jimmy Tuivaiti, 7. Johan Meyer, 8. Renato Giammarioli.

Replacements: 16. Luhandre Luus, 17. Daniele Rimpelli, 18 Giosué Zilocchi, 19. Leonard Krumov, 20. Apisai Tauyavuca, 21. Gugliemo Palazzani, 22. Tommaso Boni, 23. Paula Balekana.

Bristol Bears:

15. Tom Pincus; 14. Ryan Edwards, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Shaun Malton, 3. Jake Armstrong, 4. Sam Jeffries, 5. Joe Batley, 6. Steven Luatua (cc), 7. Jake Heenan, 8. Jordan Crane (cc).

Replacements: 16. Nick Fenton-Wells, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. John Afoa, 19. Nick Haining, 20. Sam Graham, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Tusi Pisi, 23. Charlie Powell.

Key moment:

In the dying stages of the encounter, and with Bristol Bears seeking their first away win of the campaign in all competitions, Zebre were awarded a penalty which fly half Carlo Canna duly dispatched.

That successful three pointer saw the home side push back in front and ultimately cost Pat Lam's men the victory.

Photo of the match:

Tom Pincus crosses for his second try (JMP UK).

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