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Racing’s Simon Zebo scores his sides opening try in the loss to Exeter City. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Racing’s Simon Zebo scores his sides opening try in the loss to Exeter City. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
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Dazzling display from Simon Zebo isn't enough for Racing 92 in cup final loss

CUP final heartbreak for Cork rugby superstar Simon Zebo, despite two tries for Racing 92.

The French side came out on the wrong side of a 31-27 Heineken Champions Cup final classic at Ashton Gate.

It was an historic first European Cup for Exeter and a third defeat on the big stage for Racing. Another former Munster player, Tipp's Donnacha Ryan came on, while Mike Prendergast is backs coach.

 Racing's Finn Russell, Simon Zebo, Donnacha Ryan and Kurtley Beale. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Racing's Finn Russell, Simon Zebo, Donnacha Ryan and Kurtley Beale. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

The Chiefs cruised into a 14-point lead but two typically classy Zebo tries brought the French outfit right back into it but Exeter did enough in the second half, while getting the type of breaks you need in finals, to prevail.

Leesider Zebo paid tribute to the late Munster legend Anthony Foley with his name and number on his left wristband. 

 Simon Zebo during the warm-up with a tribute to the late Axel Foley on his wristband. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Simon Zebo during the warm-up with a tribute to the late Axel Foley on his wristband. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie