Last season’s beaten finalists Racing92 took a big step towards the Champions Cup quarter-finals with a convincing 36-26 win over Leicester Tigers on Sunday.
The ambitious French side secured a bonus point after less than 35 minutes as their backs ran riot on La Defense Arena’s artificial pitch.
Among the five try scorers was former Ireland international, Simon Zebo who finished off the try of the day after a beautiful off-load from Scottish out-half, Finn Russell.
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Leicester responded with four tries of their own, including one from returning England centre Manu Tuilagi, as they also picked up a valuable bonus point.
Racing are now five points clear at the top of Pool 4.
Zebo put in another tantalising performance for Racing, bringing his tally to eight tries in twelve appearances. Zebo made the decision to leave Munster at the end of last season and so far has not looked back, despite the fact that the Irish international side has gone from strength to strength in recent months.
“I have absolutely zero regrets and I am so, so happy that I made the decision,” Zebo stated in an interview with The Telegraph.
“One 80 minute match (Ireland v New Zealand) would not make any difference to that, delighted as I was for the Irish lads.
“It has been an incredible adventure here, spectacular on and off the field and I’m loving life here.”
Zebo has been showing the type of form to suggest that he should still be in Joe Schmidt’s plans ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. However, the winger claimed that he isn’t hopeful of a return to the Irish set-up
“I wouldn’t be holding my breath about Ireland prospects and there has not been much contact,” Zebo admitted.
“Of course, it would be nice to go to the World Cup in Japan but it is what it is. If it were ever to happen, great.
“But I’m not at all hopeful or expectant and it is no big deal for me.”
© Agence France-Presse ( Additional edits by Michael Corry)