Simon Zebo apologises after mocking Michael Lowry in try celebration
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."
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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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