Belfast Telegraph

Jacob Stockdale in fitness race for Ulster's play-off clash

 

Jacob Stockdale
Jacob Stockdale

By Michael Sadlier

Jacob Stockdale is facing a race against time to be fit for Ulster's crunch PRO14 play-off with Irish rivals Connacht.

Ulster are due to host the western province in just over two weeks' time and badly need Stockdale to have shaken off his hamstring injury for this key derby clash.

The 23-year-old Ulster and Ireland star limped off in the closing moments of last week's impressive 29-7 victory at Edinburgh which booked a home quarter-final for Dan McFarland's squad.

While it is hoped that Stockdale may have recovered for the Connacht game, it is perhaps unlikely that he will be ready, or risked, for next week's home match with Leinster which ends the PRO14's regular season and is a dead-rubber for both sides as they have already secured knockout rugby.

Stockdale, who started at full-back in Edinburgh, also suffered a hamstring issue last summer during Ulster's pre-season, ahead of returning last October.

Meanwhile, prop Marty Moore will play no further part in Ulster's season due to damaging ankle ligaments against Edinburgh.

He is due to see a specialist this week regarding his recovery.

The 28-year-old has had a good first campaign with the province since arriving last summer from Wasps, but his absence leaves Ulster with just four fit frontline props.

Moore joins fellow newcomer Will Addison and James Hume in not making season's end while it is unclear if Rory Best (ankle) and Louis Ludik (knee) will both be fit in time to return.

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph