Connacht went top of Champions Cup Pool Two after a convincing 40-7 win over Zebre in Italy.
Connacht continued their impressive form in the Champions Cup with a convincing victory over Zebre.
The west of Ireland side edged Toulouse last week with a converted try in the dying minutes and almost started where they left off last week when Craig Ronaldson was dragged over the line. The TMO however ruled a double movement and Zebre escaped three minutes in.
But their relief was short-lived as Stacey Ili scooped low to gather a Jack Carty grubber, 10 minutes in, to score in the right corner. Ronaldson, taking over the kicking duties from Jack Carty, split the posts from the conversion.
Last week's match-winner Carty doubled their advantage three minutes later when he ran 55 metres to score after Peter Robb's ferocious tackle on Carlo Canna saw the ball slip from his grasp. Ronaldson tagged on the extras as Connacht were halfway to a bonus-point 13 minutes in.
Connacht were nearly in for a third when Carty charged down a clearance, but after Kieran Marmion kicked on, Edoardo Padovani beat him to grounding the ball. The TMO was required as Connacht saw Sean O'Brien sin-binned for knocking the ball out of Marcello Violi's hands just before the half hour. The touch judge then drew the referee's attention to another incident involving Connacht's Quinn Roux and Zebre hooker Oliviero Fabiani with the latter being sent-off for biting the result.
The half ended with Padovani missing a kick in front of the posts and Zebre turning the ball over as Connacht looked set to get a third try, but it remained 14-0 at half-time.
Connacht pulled away in the second half as Ili grabbed his second try as an in-perfect cross kick from Carty was gathered by Ili and he touched down.
Zebre saw Tommaso Castello sin-binned for playing the ball on the gruond and referee Mathieu Raynal awarded a penalty try. It soon became 35-0 as former Leinster Academy back Cian Kelleher ran in on 53 minutes. But Connacht weren't done yet.
Replacement forward Conor Carey ran in sixth try two minutes later after good work from Ili and Ronaldson. Tommaso D'Apice did get a consolation try for Zebre on the hour mark.
But Connacht fired back with a second try from Kelleher and a third from Ili to go top of the table with back-to-back games against Wasps to come.