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Stockdale is urging Ulster to be ruthless


Jacob Stockdale
Jacob Stockdale
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Few in world rugby are proving better at making the most of chances than Jacob Stockdale, and the Ulsterman says his side must start taking theirs if they are to beat Scarlets in Friday's crucial Champions Cup clash.

The province travel to Llanelli (7.45pm kick-off) having won one and lost one in this season's European action and a victory would give them real hopes of a first quarter-final since 2014.

Dan McFarland's men go into the contest off the back of beating Cardiff in the Guinness PRO14 last weekend, but Stockdale believes his side will need to perform better if they are to overcome Scarlets.

"There were a lot of opportunities we didn't take and I think we're frustrated by that," said the 22-year-old Irish star. "It's the sign of a good team, that we can get a win and still be really frustrated and wanting to push on and perform even better."

Scarlets have lost both their games so far, home to Racing 92 and away to Leicester, and another loss would surely see last season's semi-finalists out before Christmas.

Stockdale, though, is under no illusions about the task ahead.

"You want as much momentum as you can have going into Champions Cup week," he added.

"Scarlets are a dangerous team and they're really good in their own back yard. They're known for attacking rugby but they're really good defensively. It's about trying to break them down as best we can and impose our own game plan on them."

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