PRO14 Rainbow Cup Report: Gavin Combes scored four attempts to finish second in the Northern Division of the ProO14 Rainbow Cup with a convincing 54-11 victory over Zepre in Parma.
Combs and Craig Casey scored two first-half attempts each in front of about 1,000 fans as Monster led by 22 points in the first half, before Niall Scannell and William Combs added their names to the scoring sheet in the second-half and eighth place. The quartet is complete.
Joey Carbery contributed six conversions from six attempts, while Federico Mori sent in a cross to try Zepri only midway through the second half as the Italians finished off the competition at the bottom of the table.
Zepre started superbly but it was Monster who overtook the opening score after 10 minutes, when Gavin Combes fired from close range and Carbery added the extras.
Occasional pushes from the host side gave Monster something to think about and eventually rewarded their efforts with two penalty kicks from Carlo Cana that reduced the difference to one point.
The visitors quickly re-established daylight, however, showing good hands to spread the ball wide to the right before Casey hit the corner and Carbery split the rolls.
Gavin Combs then collected the ball at the back of the scramble line to take charge for a five-minute second break, and Casey still had plenty of time to point down the rolls for a bonus point before the interval.
Carbery remained perfect from the tee to open up a 28-6 lead at the end of the opening period.
Scannell went down from a knockout early in the second half, with Carbery back on target before fly-by Federico Mori fell at the other end with a save attempt.
However, there was no stopping for Morey three minutes before the hour. After a while pressing the Monster line, Zebri spread the ball wide so the middle could turn around and flip his way to just try the hosts.
Morey’s delight was short-lived as Liam Combis intercepted his chip attempt to race the line, and Carbery maintained the conversion record before taking off for the evening.
Gavin Combs then took advantage of the ball’s rebound to get past the poles, with Jake Flannery picking up where Carbery stopped by adding the diversion.
The number 8 jersey completed the scoring after 80 and locking out Billy Holland – on his last county appearance – was tricky with a rare attempt from a tee.
pens: 2 . barrel
Try: G Coombes 4, Casey 2, N Scannell and L Coombes
Negatives: Carbery 6, Flannery
yellow card: Giovanni Donofrio (Zepre, 84)
zebras 15 Jacopo Trulla, 14 Giovanni Di Onofrio, 13 Federico Mori, 12 Enrico Luchin, 11 Pierre Bruno, 10 Carlo Cana, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Renato Giamarioli, 7 Botto Junior Livassa, 6 Iacopo Bianchi, 5 Leonard Krumov, 4 David Cisse ( Captain), 3 Matteo Nocera, 2 Luca Peggi, 1 Andrea Lofoti.
Alternatives: 16 Marco Manfredi, 17 Danielle Rembelli, 18 Nicolo D’Amico, 19 Samuel Ortis, 20 Giovanni Licata, 21 Niccolo Casilio, 22 Filippo Di Marco, 23 Michelangelo Biondelli.
Monster: 15 Matt Gallagher, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Liam Combis, 10 Joey Carbery, 9 Craig Casey, 8 Gavin Combs, 7 Jack O’Donoghue, 6 Peter O’Mahony (captain), 5 Finn Witcherley, 4 Jan Klein, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Dave Kilquin.
Alternatives: 16 Kevin O’Bearn, 17 Liam O’Connor, 18 Roman Salanoa, 19 Thomas Ahern, 20 Billy Holland, 21 Nick McCarthy, 22 Jake Flannery, 23 Chris Clout.
Rule: Andrea Biardi (Italy)
Assistant Referees: Marius Meteria (Italy), Clara Monarini (Italy)
TMO: Matteo Lebrini (Italy)