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Zebo not worried by post-match reviews, he'll continue to offload when the time is right

Zebo kick-started Ireland’s excellent first-half try against Italy with a sublime offload.

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IRELAND FULLBACK SIMON Zebo won’t be curbing his creative instincts any time soon.

The Munster man generated Ireland’s try-of-the-tournament contender last weekend with a sublime offload out the back of his right hand.

It’s a technique that has not always been evident in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side, as the coach appeared to encourage players in to lower-risk manoeuvres.

Though that ‘rule’ is certainly more relaxed these days, Zebo was never about to allow the element to slip out of his game.

“It just depends on the type of person you are and how you want to play the game. For me, I back my skill-set and I back being able to offload in traffic no matter where and when.

“I don’t tend to think about the consequences on the pitch, I think about the moment that’s happening

Each chance I get, if I think it’s on I’ll go with it and live with the consequences after it, but they usually work out.”

“I think just focusing on what makes you tick and what you can bring to the game individually… that for me is playing what I see, backing my decision making in pressurised situation.

 “Worrying about doing the little mundane aspects is obviously important, but what I contribute to the team is being able to make these try-scoring passes, breaks and impact the game in a positive way.

“I try to do that as much as possible and I don’t think thinking about reviews would help me do those things. I try to go out and help the team.”

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