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Jacob Stockdale Issues Apology After Crucial Error In Ulster Loss

Ireland and Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale has issued an apology after he failed to ground the ball for what looked to be a certain try in his side’s narrow 21-18 loss to Leinster in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final. 

Early in the second half, Ulster held a narrow 11-13 lead when Stockdale showed tremendous pace and footwork to evade the Leinster defence on the far touchline to bring himself within clear sight of the try line.

The winger was still under pressure from some potential last-ditch tackles but instead of diving on the line for a certain try, he ran over the line and opted to ground the ball with one hand where he lost control of it at the last moment and ultimately knocked on.

Jacob Stockdale

With Leinster emerging three-point victors, it proved to be a pivotal moment in the game.

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland defended his player in the aftermath of the game, making the point that few players in the world could have created that sort of opportunity for themselves in the first place but there is no doubt that Ulster supporters will look back and think what could have been.

Jacob Stockdale

Stockdale has issued an apology to Ulster supporters on social media due to the incident.

“I’ve had some incredible highs with Ulster rugby, but unfortunately, yesterday was a low for me. Sport can be cruel and sometimes you have to learn your lessons the hard way. To the Ulster fans, I just want to say I am sorry, I let you down, the support we had yesterday was truly amazing and you deserve to be looking forward to a European semi-final.”

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