Connacht got their first Rabo Direct Pro12 campaign up and running with victory against Zebre in Italy on a 30-17 scoreline.

Tiernan O'Halloran, George Naoupu and Mike McCarthy all went over for tries to set Eric Elwood's side on their way.

Miah Nikora kicked three penalties and three conversions to seal the success.

Connacht led 13-0 at the break, but tries from Dries van Schalkwyk and Samuele Pace brought the visitors back into the game, with Luciano Orquera adding the conversions and a penalty to give them home side hope.

However, the Irish province were always in control and can now look forward to a home match against the Scarlets next week.

The latter recorded an 18-13 win against Glasgow on Friday evening.