Ulster cruise to eight-try win over Quins

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Stuart McCloskey scored the primary of Ulster’s eight tries at The Stoop
Harlequins (7) 21
Tries: Lawday, Kenningham, Els Cons: Herron 3
Ulster (29) 57
Tries: Herring 2, Reidy 2, McCloskey, Lowry, Burns, Mathewson Cons: Cooney 5, Madigan 2 Pens: Cooney

Ulster ran in eight tries at The Stoop as they booked a spot within the final eight of the European Problem Cup with a snug win over Harlequins.

Having opted to play a younger, weakened facet, the Premiership facet had been torn aside by their Irish Professional 14 opponents.

Hooker Rob Herring and flanker Sean Reidy crossed twice, one in every half.

Centre Stuart McCloskey and full-back Michael Lowry additionally went over within the first half, bolstered by Billy Burns and Albie Mathewson after the break.

That booked a quarter-final journey subsequent Friday night time to Northampton, who received a 43-39 thriller in south Wales with Dragons the day earlier than.

Quins’ three tries got here from captain Tom Lawday within the first half, then fellow back-row ahead Jack Kenningham and late substitute Jordan Els.

John Cooney kicked 5 conversions and an early penalty for a person 13-point haul for Ulster, supplemented by two late conversions for Ian Madigan.

Of their first-ever sport within the European Problem Cup, the Irish facet maintained their dominance over Quins, having now received six of the eight conferences the 2 sides have shared in European competitions.

But it surely was all the time prone to be that approach as soon as Quins, who stand fourth within the Premiership, opted to avoid wasting most of their common first-choice line-up for league responsibility.

They ended up on the incorrect finish of an embarrassingly massive defeat by the Professional 14 group runners-up, whose league season ended 16 days earlier. Even when captain Jordi Murphy was yellow carded, Ulster nonetheless ran within the attempt of the sport from Lowry.

Maul the important thing to massive win – McFarland

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland on BT Sport: “Our maul went rather well and on a weekend the place there have been tries all spherical, I assumed to limit them to 3 tries was truly fairly a hit as a result of they seem to be a actually good attacking staff.

“[Forwards coach] Roddy Grant has completed a extremely good job on the forwards, within the Pro14 this 12 months we have had quite a lot of success in our line-out and our line-out defence and our maul.

“We would have liked to discover a hammer in some side of the sport that was going to place them beneath the cosh and the maul was it.”

Harlequins: Inexperienced; Northmore, Lang, Lasike, Earle; Herron, Steele; Garcia Botta, Elia, Collier, Tizard, Hammond, White, Kenningham, Lawday (capt).

Replacements: Head, Els, Kerrod, Cavubati, Jurevicius, Stafford, Tapuai, R Chisholm.

Ulster: Lowry; Baloucoune, Hume, McCloskey, Stockdale; Burns, Cooney; O’Sullivan, Herring, Moore, O’Connor, Treadwell, Reidy, Murphy (capt), Timoney.

Replacements: Andrew, Warwick, O’Toole, Izuchukwu, Rea, Mathewson, Madigan, McIlroy.

Referee: Romain Poite (France).

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