Ulster's Stockdale seals drab Kingspan victory over Ospreys
Ulster 8-0 Ospreys
Ulster came out on the right side of a wholly forgettable encounter at Kingspan Stadium as they won 8-0 over the Ospreys in the Guinness PRO14.
Jacob Stockdale’s final play try put daylight between the sides in a game that was, to that point, only separated by a sixth minute John Cooney penalty on a night where protesters gathered in their masses outside the ground.
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Cooney’s sixth minute penalty was the only thing to cheer early on from both sides.
Stockdale went close for Ulster, just stopped short by Jeff Hassler, before the Ospreys had a try chalked off when Kieron Fonotia went over only for the TMO to call it back for a neck roll at a previous ruck.
Stuart McCloskey was also halted just short of the line moments before the interval, and after the restart things didn’t improve much as Ulster continued their dominance but failed to get the score they needed.
They were aided when Hassler saw yellow for illegally slowing down the ball, and they thought they finally had the try when Nick Timoney slid over in the corner only for the TMO to again rule it out for a knock on.
It looked like the game would end with just the one score but up stepped Stockdale late, the winger seizing on a loose pass from Dan Biggar and returning it for the try that sealed the four points in an utterly forgettable game.
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