Thursday 19 September 2019

'Unfair' online criticism helps motivate Stockdale

Jacob Stockdale. Photo: Sportsfile
Jacob Stockdale. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Jacob Stockdale has slammed the 'unfair' criticism he received on the back of a tough outing at Twickenham last month.

England scored a couple of tries out wide on Stockdale's wing, but the problems stemmed from the narrow defence inside of him.

In a smart move by Joe Schmidt, the Ulster man was given a run-out against Wales last week and he bounced back in great style by scoring two tries as he restored his confidence.

While most players are adamant that they ignore social media, Stockdale admitted that he doesn't, which resulted in him reading some nasty messages.

"To be honest, it was a really important game for me, probably just to shut a few people up more than anything," Stockdale said.

"A lot of the criticism quite annoyed me because I felt a lot of it was quite unfair, but at the same time, it probably gave me a lot of good motivation.

"Reading a few tweets gets you a bit rattled up and prepared for the next week. A lot of people say you shouldn't read stuff but I do.

"I read the good stuff and the bad stuff because the good stuff is nice - to see people saying nice things about you, and the bad stuff gives me a lot of motivation to prove people wrong.

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"I got a few very abusive messages - mainly about the hair actually.

"I suppose to a certain extent I was surprised by maybe how much I got because there were a few things I felt weren't my fault. But at the same time, it was one of my poorer performances in an Ireland shirt and in sport you're going to get people who aren't happy with how you played and that's fair enough.

"Like I said, it gave me good motivation for last week to put in a good performance."

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