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Brian O'Driscoll Breaks Down 'Magnificently Constructed' Stockdale Try

Brian O'Driscoll Breaks Down 'Magnificently Constructed' Stockdale Try

It was the moment of class that would end up sealing a historic win for Ireland, Jacob Stockdale's brilliantly worked try on 48 minutes piercing the All Black's defence to give Ireland a 10 point lead on their visitors.

On Off The Ball today, Brian O'Driscoll heaped massive praise on how well the score was worked, singling out Stockdale's courage in going for a kick and chase so soon after he had almost cost his team a try when an earlier kick was blocked down:

Huge credit to Jacob Stockdale for going to the boot so quickly again after having a block down. The easy thing for him to do would have been to tuck and carry through contact.

O'Driscoll also pinpointed the way the play unfolded and Stockdale's apparent disinterest in the build up to his run as being a key factor in fooling the All Blacks into thinking the Ulster man was not an immediate threat:

Stockdale looked a bit disinterested which is exactly what he needed to do a bit like what Bundee Aki had done in the Six Nations, he was being wasteful, almost a bit lazy, he wasn't showing any intent to do anything. Everyone else was showing deception, weren't getting the ball. The guy that is getting the ball is disinterested, gets the ball from Aki, and then he has multiple options depending on what happens, Ben Smith doesn't close that space, he tries to get to the last defender and pop it to Rory Best and Ben Smith will look back and realise that Rory Best, not the fastest player on the pitch but he really needed to close that space... but this is all happening in hundredths of a second.

The former Ireland centre went on to say that it was a 'magnificently constructed power play', the type we have come to expect from Joe Schmidt.

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You can watch Stockdale's try as well as full highlights from the match below:

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