Wednesday 18 October 2017

The Left Wing: Luke Fitzgerald pinpoints a Munster star's unsung role in Simon Zebo's audacious try

Munster continued their impressive run of form with a rout of old rivals Leicester at Thomond Park last Saturday, with Conor Murray's fantastic no-look pass to Simon Zebo producing the pick of the tries.

The Ireland internationals picked up the plaudits for their beautiful interplay, but speaking on The Left Wing, Luke Fitzgerald highlighted the contribution that South African centre Jaco Taute made to the score.

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Taute has been a revelation since he signed a short-term deal to provide injury cover for the Munster backline, with the Irish Independent reporting this week that Rassie Erasmus might be able to hold onto the ex-Stormers back for the remainder of the season.

Fitzgerald thinks that Zebo's try exemplifies everything that has been great about Munster in recent weeks.

"It was a fantastic piece of skill and superb execution," Fitzgerald said.

"What I really liked about this - and why I think Munster have been playing so well - is the guys away from the ball. Taute is occupying the second defender. That is really key because when Conor takes this line going across, usually it is the second defender who condenses in and it is the third defender that takes Taute, but his line takes out the second defender.

"It opens up that little bit of space that Simon Zebo really wants."

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