Pro14: Zebre 10-41 Scarlets
|Pro14: Zebre v Scarlets|
|Zebre (3) 10|
|Tries: Bellini Cons: Canna Pen: Canna|
|Scarlets (13) 41|
|Tries: McNicholl, Evans, Asquith, Beirne, Davies Cons: Patchell 5 Pens: Patchell 2|
Scarlets continued their strong start to the Pro14 with a comfortable bonus-point victory over Zebre in rain-soaked Parma.
On a weekend when all the other Welsh regions lost, Scarlets produced another high-paced display after seeing off Southern Kings 57-10 last week.
It was a second straight defeat for the Italians after their loss at Ospreys.
After going behind early on, Scarlets ran in 41 unanswered points to firmly take the game away from the hosts.
Zebre went ahead when Scarlets were penalised for holding on just inside their half and Italy international Carlo Canna sent a booming effort over the posts.
Rhys Patchell pulled Scarlets level within two minutes with a penalty of his own, before the visitors took the lead when Johnny McNicholl - playing at full-back in the absence of Leigh Halfpenny - crossed for his third try of the season.
Scarlets thought they had a second try on 21 minutes when Ryan Elias freed Steff Evans to cross, but the try was disallowed when referee David Wilkinson ruled Hadleigh Parkes had knocked on earlier in the move.
Scarlets added another Patchell penalty before the break to increase their advantage to 10 points, before Evans crossed the whitewash within eight minutes of the restart after gathering Gareth Davies' chipped kick.
Patchell's trusty boot was the key to the Scarlets' third try, his exquisite cross-kick finding replacement Paul Asquith who bundled past a defender to cross.
Tadhg Beirne then twisted his way over the line to ensure another maximum for the champions, who added a fifth try through Aled Davies with Evans turning provider.
Patchell completed his impressive evening by making it seven from seven with the conversion.
However, the hosts scored a late consolation as replacement Mattia Bellini intercepted a Scott Williams pass and raced clear, with Canna converting.
Scarlets: Johnny McNicholl; Tom Grabham, Hadleigh Parkes, Scott Williams, Steff Evans; Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Ryan Elias, Samson Lee, David Bulbring, Tadhg Beirne, Aaron Shingler, Will Boyde, John Barclay (capt).
Replacements: Emyr Phillips, Wyn Jones, Werner Kruger, Tom Price, Josh Macleod, Aled Davies, Rhys Jones, Paul Asquith
Zebre: Ciaran Gaffney; Giulio Bisegni, Tommaso Boni, Tommaso Castello (capt), Giovanni D'Onofrio; Carlo Canna, Guglielmo Palazzani; Andrea Lovotti, Tommaso D'Apice, Dario Chistolini, David Sisi, David Sisi, Jacopo Sarto, Johan Meyer, Giovanni Licata.
Replacements: Oliviero Fabiani, Andrea De Marchi, Roberto Tenga, George Biagi, Derick Minnie, Marcello Violi, Serafin Bordoli, Mattia Bellini.
Referee: David Wilkinson, IRFU