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Simon Zebo apologises after mocking Michael Lowry in try celebration

Simon Zebo (right) celebrates with Racing 92 team-mate Teddy Thomas in their win over Ulster
Simon Zebo (right) celebrates with Racing 92 team-mate Teddy Thomas in their win over Ulster
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

RACING 92 full-back Simon Zebo has revealed he has apologised to Michael Lowry again for taunting him in the act of scoring a try in their win over Ulster.

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The Irishman scored the final try of the French side's 44-12 win at the La Defense Arena in Paris and, as he crossed the try line, the former Munster man pointed at the Ulster full-back with a grin.

It was interpreted as taunting by most, with referee Nigel Owens asking the 28-year old to apologise to Lowry on the pitch, which Zebo did.

However, the full-back admitted that he apologised to Lowry after the game as well, handing over his jersey as a sign of goodwill.

"I'm still sick about it, I had to wait 10 minutes outside the dressing-room to give him my jersey and apologise again," said a guilty Zebo.

"I've played the game for I don't know how many years and I've never done anything like that, I just got too excited. I probably built up the game a bit too much in my head this week and let the emotions get the better of me for a few seconds.

"You live and learn, I wouldn't want my kids to do that I'm and I'm very disappointed with myself.

"I feel ****, but he's a lovely fella. As soon as I went over to apologise he was very receptive, we'd a good chat after the game. There's no ill-feelings or anything.

"These things happen, but I'd prefer if they didn't happen to me."

Meanwhile, Ulster captain Rory Best brushed off the incident as part of Zebo's character and claimed that the squad didn't hold any ill will against a player who was a team-mate for most at international level.

"We all know Zebo and I think he gets a bit over-exuberant at times," said Best. "As far as I know, he's apologised to Mikey. Simon loves to celebrate and sometimes he celebrates before he scores and sometimes he celebrates after.

"As far as we're concerned, he apologised to Mikey. I didn't see the end of it but I think Simon probably feels that it probably wasn't the right thing to do.

"He's apologised and it's important we don't make what was really a good game of rugby from both sides... Simon just sometimes gets carried away. He's a great fella and you let him the odd one."

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