Jacob Stockdale seals Ireland's victory over Wales with brilliant interception and try

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Jacob Stockdale scored his eighth international try and his second of the day after a superb interception which helped Rory Best's side to win 37-27 against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. 

The 21-year-old winger, who plays club rugby for Ulster in the Pro14 league, intercepted the ball between the halfway and Wales' 22-metre line after a mislaid pass from substitute Gareth Anscombe, and darted towards the try-line to touch down for the home side. 

Things appear to be coming in twos for the Ulster player who not only scored a brace of international tries against Wales but also signed a two-year contract extension with his Pro14 club this week.

The subsequent conversion was kicked by Jonathan Sexton, the result sees Ireland currently in the driving seat for the Six Nations Championship and a potential Grand Slam. 

Stockdale's eighth try in seven international rugby test matches came in the dying seconds of the match around the 80-minute mark with the score poised at 30-27 to the Irish. 

His first of the came in the opening minutes after an accurate and fast pass from Jonathan Sexton. The winger also bagged two tries in Ireland's previous Six Nations clash against Italy (56-19) in what's been a breakthrough series for the youngster.

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Rory Best has long been an admirer of Stockdale and tipped the winger to fill the shoes on the international stage of Simon Zebo amid speculation over the former-Munster man's future in November.

During the 2017 Autumn internationals, Best said: "The big thing for Jacob has been to follow one really good season with a summer tour then continue to do the hard work so that you keep improving.

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"Ultimately that is the difference between a top international player and a guy who comes in a handful of times but will be in and out.

"The top players are always striving to be better, they're the ones you see out doing extras at the end."

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