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

Stuart McCloskey scored the precept 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 dwelling within the last eight of the European Subject Cup with a cheerful rep over Harlequins.

Having opted to play a younger, weakened side, the Premiership side enjoyment of been torn apart by their Irish Skilled 14 opponents.

Hooker Steal Herring and flanker Sean Reidy crossed twice, one in each half of.

Centre Stuart McCloskey and fleshy-abet Michael Lowry additionally went over within the precept half of, bolstered by Billy Burns and Albie Mathewson after the spoil.

That booked a quarter-remaining day out subsequent Friday evening to Northampton, who obtained a 43-39 thriller in south Wales with Dragons the day ahead of.

Quins’ three tries got here from captain Tom Lawday within the precept half of, then fellow abet-row ahead Jack Kenningham and silly substitute Jordan Els.

John Cooney kicked 5 conversions and an early penalty for an specific individual 13-level haul for Ulster, supplemented by two silly conversions for Ian Madigan.

Of their first-ever sport within the European Subject Cup, the Irish side maintained their dominance over Quins, having now obtained six of the eight conferences the two sides enjoyment of shared in European competitions.

Nonetheless it flip into regularly seemingly to be that parts as soon as Quins, who stand fourth within the Premiership, opted to attach most of their typical first-selection line-up for league responsibility.

They ended up on the gross cease of an embarrassingly huge defeat by the Skilled 14 neighborhood runners-up, whose league season ended 16 days earlier. Even when captain Jordi Murphy flip into yellow carded, Ulster mute ran within the try of the sport from Lowry.

Maul the basic to huge rep – McFarland

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland on BT Sport: “Our maul went in precise truth successfully and on a weekend the set there enjoyment of been tries all spherical, I perception to restrict them to a couple of tries flip into in precise truth moderately profitable due to the they’re a really appropriate attacking crew.

“[Forwards coach] Roddy Grant has achieved a really appropriate job on the forwards, within the Professional14 this yr we now enjoyment of had a choice of success in our line-out and our line-out defence and our maul.

“We desired to safe a hammer in some side of the sport that flip into going to set them beneath the cosh and the maul flip into 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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