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Ulster v Wasps: Ulster pick up opening win at European Champion's Cup

Ulster 19 - 9 Wasps

By Adam McKendry

It was the perfect start to Ulster’s Champions Cup campaign as they picked up an opening win, 19-9 over English side Wasps at Kingspan Stadium.

Jacob Stockdale was again a big part of Ulster’s success, scoring once and setting up another for Stuart McCloskey, as the province’s second half performance won them the game.

The scoring was opened by Elliot Daly in a fairly forgettable first half, with John Cooney levelling matters soon after from the kicking tee after Stockdale’s initial burst.

After some impressive defence from Ulster right at the line it looked like the two sides would be tied at the break only for Jimmy Gopperth to land a penalty on the stroke of half time.

The Kiwi fly half added another for the visitors seven minutes after the restart before Ulster got to work after Christian Leali'ifano had a try chalked off by the TMO for a knock on.

But in the next four minutes they had the two scores they needed, Stockdale finishing brilliantly in the corner for the first and then flinging the ball across to Stuart McCloskey at the line for the second after some great interplay with Charles Piutau.

Leali'ifano knocked over two late penalties to ensure the win, while Josh Bassett saw yellow for a high hit on Louis Ludik to compound Wasps’ problems, as the hosts picked up all four points on offer.

 

The scorers

For Ulster

Tries: Stockdale, McCloskey

Pens: Cooney, Leali'ifano

 

For Wasps

Pens: Daly, Gopperth (2)

 

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