THAT’S NOT ON

Zebo: I hope that my ears de­ceived me with some of the com­ments di­rected my way from crowd

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT - BY KEN LAGAN

RAC­ING 92’s Si­mon Zebo says he heard com­ments from the crowd in Satur­day’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup game against Ul­ster that were “not on”.

The Ire­land wing tweeted: “I hope my ears de­ceived me with some com­ments di­rected my way from the crowd. #Not on – Django wins in the end.”

Django Un­chained, a Quentin Tarantino film about an African-amer­i­can slave, was re­leased in 2012.

Asked for a re­sponse, Ul­ster Rugby said they con­demned all forms of abuse and “will work with the rel­e­vant par­ties to ro­bustly in­ves­ti­gate any com­plaints re­ceived”.

On the field, the province took a huge step to­wards a Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup quar­ter-fi­nal berth by hold­ing off a fightback from Rac­ing 92 to se­cure vic­tory in Belfast.

Tries from Robert Baloucoune and two from Ja­cob Stock­dale gave the hosts a 13-point lead in the sec­ond half.

Vir­imi Vakatawa and Zebo crossed in the first half while Brice Dulin and Olivier Kle­menczak re­duced the deficit in the sec­ond for Rac­ing.

Dan Mcfar­land’s side end their pool cam­paign next week against Le­ices­ter.

The French side re­main favourites to top the group and still hold a three point lead over Ul­ster, hav­ing se­cured two los­ing bonus-points in Belfast.

For Ul­ster, the vic­tory leaves them well placed to take one of the three quar­ter-fi­nal spots avail­able to the best run­ners-up, with the province cur­rently on 18 points.

Mcfar­land’s side will try to se­cure their last-eight place against a Le­ices­ter side who are now out of qual­i­fi­ca­tion con­tention.

Of Satur­day’s win, Mcfar­land said: “In the con­text of who we were play­ing against and the ex­cite­ment of the rugby and some of the ex­e­cu­tion of the plays, it’s cer­tainly up there.

“When you add into that the at­mos­phere in the sta­dium then wow, it was awe­some.

“We’ve put things back in our con­trol. That’s how we’re look­ing at it. For­get­ting the ta­ble, what a great place [Le­ices­ter] to try to go and win in a tight sit­u­a­tion in Euro­pean rugby.”

Si­mon Zebo be­fore game in Belfast on Satur­day

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