Jacob Stockdale has apologised into Ulster supporters for his missed effort in Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final overcome by Leinster.
Ulster, that headed by 2 points at the time, were eventually conquered 21-18.
“I have had some extraordinary highs with Ulster rugby, but unfortunately yesterday had been a non for mepersonally,” Stockdale wrote his Insta-gram account.
“Sport can be unkind and some times you must learn the lessons the hard way.
“To the Ulster fans I just need to express I’m sorry, I let you the service we had yesterday was truly astonishing and you also deserve to be excited about a European semi final.”
Stockdale could be that the joint-top try scorer at the Champions Cup this season after scoring six tries for his province from the pool stages and he apologised to his team mates at the changing rooms following the full-time whistle in Dublin.
Ulster head trainer Dan McFarland defended his celebrity winger, saying:”I am happy with Jacob. Jacob played a great game and also did a lot of nutrients. He’s disappointed but that is not the reason we lost the game.”
“There are not many members of the world, who can beat that many players to get in a position where they place the ball ” McFarland added.
The Ulster trainer continued:”What is it? Probably three millimetres off his fingers [if he loses control of the ball]. It’s really a little thing but there are so many other tiny things that might have sent the game from different directions.”