Munster maintained their unbeaten record against Guinness PRO14 rivals Zebre with a bonus-point victory in Parma in a game where Conor Murray made his return to action.

Murray, who came on in the 50th minute, has been on the sidelines since sustaining a neck injury during Ireland's summer tour to Australia.

Fineen Wycherley, man-of-the-match Kevin O'Byrne, Ronan O'Mahoney and Rory Scannell all went over for tries to keep Munster in second place behind Glasgow in Conference A.

Kevin O’Byrne gets his try

The visitors opened up a 14-0 lead inside half an hour as second row Wycherley and hooker O'Byrne both touched down, with Bill Johnston adding the conversions.


Johnston's penalty made it 17-0 at half-time and although Zebre reduced the deficit through substitute Renato Giammarioli's converted try just after the hour-mark, Munter pulled away in the closing stages.

Centre Scannell's 69th-minute penalty made it 20-7 before winger O'Mahoney's touchdown was converted by Scannell, who then secured the bonus point with Munster's fourth try two minutes from full-time.