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European Problem Cup: Harlequins 21-57 Ulster – Irish cruise to eight-try win – NewsEverything NorthernIreland

Stuart McCloskey scored the first of Ulster's eight tries at The Stoop
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 aspect, the Premiership aspect 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 alternative 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 recreation within the European Problem Cup, the Irish aspect maintained their dominance over Quins, having now received six of the eight conferences the 2 sides have shared in European competitions.

Nevertheless it was at all times more likely 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 obligation.

They ended up on the unsuitable finish of an embarrassingly giant 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 strive of the sport from Lowry.

Maul the important thing to large 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 really fairly a hit as a result of they are a actually good attacking crew.

“[Forwards coach] Roddy Grant has carried out a extremely good job on the forwards, within the Professional14 this 12 months we have had a number 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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