— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) January 12, 2019
Ulster came out with a fast pace, scoring the first two tries to take an early 13-0 lead. Racing worked their way back into the match through tries to Viri Vakatawa and Simon Zebo to reduce the gap to 16-10.
Early in the second half, Ulster used a switch play on a midfield scrum to get Stockdale a one-on-one opportunity. He beat the first man to the outside before streaking away down the touchline. With the fullback closing, Stockdale chipped over the top back in-field where a handful of Racing defenders looked to have it covered.
A wicked bounce fell into the lap of Stockdale surrounded by swathes of Racing defenders, who was to close to the try line to stop.
Jacob Stockdale HAD NO RIGHT to score from there! ?
Shrugs the defender off…
Chips a beauty through…
Beats 3 defenders to the ball…
On a different level ?
His 2nd of the game, his 6th in the tournament which makes him the top scorer. pic.twitter.com/AUjjkdNiir
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) January 12, 2019
Stockdale’s double propelled Ulster to a tight 26-22 win, after a tense final period where Racing missed opportunities to score, which kept Ulster’s hopes a finals qualification alive.
Ulster remain in second place in the Pool, three competition points behind Racing despite having the same win-loss record. In an all-Irish sweep, Munster claimed a big win over Gloucester while Leinster beat Toulouse. Both sides now sit atop their respective pools in control of their destiny.
"To topple a French Giant like Racing is massive".
— eir Sport (@eirSport) January 12, 2019
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