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Patience is key to ending my barren spell: Stockdale


Hands on: Jacob Stockdale during the captain’s run at Kingspan yesterday
Hands on: Jacob Stockdale during the captain’s run at Kingspan yesterday
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster star Jacob Stockdale isn't worried about his recent lack of tries, insisting there are more ways for him to contribute and help the team win.

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After an incredible run to begin his career, the 23-year-old has crossed the whitewash just twice in his last 15 outings for club and country, with his last score for Ulster coming against Racing 92 some 11 months ago.

As his match-saving interception against Bath last month showed, it's not all about getting his name on the scoresheet.

"It is definitely something that I'm learning, that I don't have to be scoring tries to be having an impact on the game," he said.

"Obviously it's nice to score tries and it's good fun, but being good in the air or being good defensively or doing the behind the scenes work, those are the kind of things that can make a massive difference."

Stockdale has been switched from his usual wing spot to full-back for today's visit of Harlequins to Kingspan Stadium (3.15pm kick-off) with the province looking to secure a third consecutive Champions Cup victory. Iain Henderson (left), Billy Burns, Luke Marshall and Jordi Murphy are all also back in the side.

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