Bristol Bears eased to a bonus-point victory over Zebre to earn a second successive European Challenge Cup win.
The visitors gifted Joe Batley the opening score but hit back with a penalty try two minutes later, which saw Bristol’s Ioan Lloyd yellow-carded.
The 14-man Bears then took control with Will Porter, Semi Radradra and Lloyd putting them 28-7 up at the break.
Yann Thomas added Bristol’s fifth before Kobus van Wyk and Jacques du Toit crossed late on for Zebre.
The hosts took the lead after 14 minutes when the Italians made a catalogue of errors from a scrum, resulting in Batley intercepting a pass inside Zebre’s in-goal area to dot down, with AJ MacGinty adding the extras.
The lead, however, was short-lived as the visitors equalized with a penalty try, which also resulted in Lloyd being sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on.
The hosts added two tries in three minutes, with Porter capitalizing on another Zebre error and Radradra finding a gap in the defense to go under the posts and give the 14-man Bears a 21-7 lead after 22 minutes.
Five minutes before halftime, Lloyd returned from the sin bin to secure the bonus point, and another MacGinty conversion increased the lead to 28-7.
It took 18 minutes for the first points of the second half to arrive, but they were well worth the wait, as Radradra demonstrated his excellent offloading skills with a flicked pass behind his back to find the supporting Thomas, with the replacement prop running in from 25 metres to make it 35-7.
Zebre pushed on, scoring two tries in the final 15 minutes through South Africans Van Wyk and Du Toit, the latter coming after Batley was yellow carded, but the visitors couldn’t find a fourth to earn an unlikely bonus point.