I am blown away by fans' support after error: Jacob
Ulster star Jacob Stockdale has admitted he was "overwhelmed" by the support he received from the province's supporters after his costly error against Leinster in last month's Champions Cup quarter-final defeat.
The free-scoring wing had a rare moment to forget in the Aviva Stadium when he failed to ground the ball when over the line in a game that ultimately finished in a narrow three-point reverse.
"It was obviously an incredibly tough couple of days for me after that game," said the 23-year-old.
"I made a mistake, a pretty big mistake. I know everyone has said to me that it's not true but I feel it cost us a semi-final place. The amount of people who paid money to come and watch us, for them not to come away celebrating a victory because I dropped the ball over the line, I just felt that I had to apologise and I had to accept it was my fault.
"The one thing that made it easier was the support I got.
"That was the incredibly overwhelming thing and that gave me great respect for our fans. They were so kind and forgiving and were just like, 'Mate, don't worry about it'. That was really, really touching."
Despite that European setback, Ulster are still in the PRO14 hunt with Stockdale expected to be joined by his Irish international colleague Iain Henderson when the side face a crucial trip to Edinburgh in Murrayfield tomorrow.