Lions cull Zebre in Parma

Alessandro Fusco (Zebre) watches the scrum during the United Rugby Championship match between Zebre Rugby Club and Emirates Lions. BackpagePix/Massimiliano Carnabuci/LiveMedia/Shutterstock

JOHANNESBURG - South African rugby has a new continental competition to look forward to.

The United Rugby Championship started on Friday with the Lions from Gauteng kicking off their campaign with a well-fought 38-26 victory against Zebre in Parma.

The hosts, fresh off an 11-week pre-season, seemed lacklustre in the first half.

The Lions produced sparkling rugby at times, with Jamba Ulengo running in the first of five tries.

At the break, the visitors led 35-0.

But Zebre returned rejuvenated and scored four tries of their own to make it a close affair.

Despite being kept try-less in the second half, the Lions held on for a thrilling victory.


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