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Ronan O’Gara Thinks Zebo’s Absence Against Racing 92 “Spooked” Conor Murray

Munster will attempt to get back to winning ways on Saturday evening when they entertain Ulster at Thomond Park.

Johann van Graan’s side have named a much-changed starting XV for this weekend’s clash with just Sammy Arnold starting again.

In that game against Racing, the big talking point was Simon Zebo being placed on the bench. Alex Wootton was caught out for Racing’s first try and many believe that Zebo’s presence from the start could have prevented some of those tries in addition to providing more of an attacking spark like he did in the second-half.

Ronan O’Gara, writing in his column for the Irish Examiner, believes that Zebo’s absence from the start “spooked” Conor Murray.

“The consequences of dropping Zebo were manifold but the most fascinating one was how it spooked Conor Murray,” O’Gara said.

“It was the first time in a Munster jersey I’ve seen Murray that rattled, and a lot of it could have been down to not having Zebo there.

“There was a different chemistry in the backline with Zebo excluded, and by ‘different’ I don’t mean better.

“A lot of Conor’s discomfort came down to the fact the telepathic relationship he has with Zebo was removed from the equation.”

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