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Simon Zebo goes over to score his Munster's first try against Zebre at Thomond Park, despite the efforts of Giulio Toniolatti. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Simon Zebo goes over to score his Munster's first try against Zebre at Thomond Park, despite the efforts of Giulio Toniolatti. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

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Simon Zebo goes over to score his Munster's first try against Zebre at Thomond Park, despite the efforts of Giulio Toniolatti. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Four tries in two games has Simon Zebo hungry for more but he has assured fans that he hasn't quelled his attitude towards celebrating tries.

A first-half hat-trick against Zebre on Friday night set Munster up for a routine bonus-point win but Zebo's rather muted celebrations for each of his tries was simply a case of the occasion not warranting it rather than it being a conscious decision.

"I don't know, it just wasn't a packed house. The tries I was getting weren't too individual," the winger said. "I didn't have to do too much so I'd be stealing the inside backs' and forwards' thunder if I was to celebrate after those because it was all their work. Absolutely, I'll never stop, I'll never stop celebrating. Don't worry, it's in my personality, it's embedded in there unfortunately," he laughed.

Zebo was left out of Ireland's Six Nations squad earlier in the year but after returning during the summer tour of Argentina, he is determined to build on his early-season form. Last season Joe Schmidt pointed to three key areas of the 24-year old's game that he needed to work on; aerially, defence and work rate.

Consistent

"I've never really worried or doubted myself in any aspects of my game. It's just about trying to be more consistent and think about it a little more going into games and when I get to do that now and I've been doing it for a long time now and hopefully I will get noticed."

Anthony Foley echoed his player's sentiments and admitted that his celebrations are part of his make-up.

"He scored against Treviso last week and he had the 'Z' up again! Look, he's a character. He's an individual playing within a team. He's doing everything we're asking of him at the moment.

"If he continues to do that, he'll get the rewards further down the line but he has to stay working for the team," Foley said after picking up his first home win as coach.

"There's no doubting his ability and his work rate."

"Are there improvements in him? Yes, there is. Is he the finished article? Not yet. Hopefully when he is, he'll be even happier. But we're happy where he's at now."

Meanwhile, Connacht and Leinster are counting the cost of their dramatic derby clash on Friday.

Having lost Jake Heenan with a dislocated shoulder last week, Pat Lam will be sweating over his only other natural openside flanker Willie Faloon's fitness after he was forced off early with a shoulder injury. Having come on as a late replacement, Shane Jennings also had to retire early after suffering a hamstring injury. Both players are awaiting scan results.

Ospreys moved into top spot of the table ysterday after their nine-try domolition against a hapless Edinburgh side.

Rhys Webb scored two tries while Dan Biggar added 16 points.

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