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Watch: Brian O'Driscoll Blasts Jacob Stockdale For 'Unforgivable' Error

Watch: Brian O'Driscoll Blasts Jacob Stockdale For 'Unforgivable' Error

Leinster are through to the semi finals of the Champions Cup, defeating Ulster on a scoreline of 21-18. It was a thrilling game of rugby, one which either side could have won.

Ulster will certainly look back at this one as a missed opportunity, especially when you look at some key incidents in the game. With Ulster leading by two points in the second half, Jacob Stockdale looked like he had extended his side's lead with a fantastic try.

However, after viewing the replay it became obvious that he had not grounded the ball, letting it slip from his grasp as he tried to touch it down. It was a massive error from the winger, who should have dived in order to guard against such an occurrence.

Speaking after the game Brian O'Driscoll was very critical of Stockdale, saying that his failure to secure the points was 'unforgivable'.

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He had a fair bit of work to do, but this unfortunately for Jacob Stockdale is unforgivable when you find yourself over the whitewash. Yes, there is a player dragging out of him looking to get a challenge in, but you've got to dive.

You've got to guarantee the ball goes down. There is a risk of knocking the ball on or losing it in contact, that does not happen, or at least far less frequently, when you dive...

It's the whole momentum swing of the game. It was 13-11, they score that and it's guaranteeing a seven point game that gives you security and the momentum is with you, and you still have the conversion to knock over for a two score game.

That is everything in tight affairs like this.

This would have been a massive moment in the match, and you get the feeling that Ulster would have been strong favourites to come out on top had Stockdale kept his composure and finished off the move.

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Gary Connaughton

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