Ulster's 34-10 win ends Harlequins' Champions Cup hopes

John Cooney kicked 19 points
John Cooney kicked 19 points
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Harlequins 10-34 Ulster, Twickenham Stoop

John Cooney contributed with 19 points as Ulster completed a 10-34 win over Harlequins in the fourth round of the Heineken Champions Cup at Twickenham Stoop on Friday.

This is Ulster's fourth win from as many games as they move closer to the quarter-finals as they have 17 points while Harlequins' chances of going to the second round have taken a beating.

Heineken Man of the Match Cooney started the proceedings with an early penalty goal for Ulster and they had a chance to double the lead in the 12th minute but they decided to kick to the corner.

In a game where there were plenty of mistakes from both sides, it was Harlequins' turn to miss a penalty as they continued to lag by three points.

Again in the 22nd minute, Ulster decided to kick to touch and it once again proved unworthy before the home side finally levelled the scores with a 35th-minute penalty goal. As the break was approaching, Cooney scored his third try from four games as the Irish side completed the first half with a 3-10 lead.

Ulster looked in control in the second half with back to back tries from Luke Marshall (47') and Cooney (59') stretching their lead to 3-24 before Harlequins got their first try from Stephan Lewies in the 62nd minute to reduce the gap to 14 points.

As Harlequins failed to find any more breakthrough, back to back tries from Matt Faddes (76') and Tom O'Toole (79') ensured Ulster completed another impressive win in the tournament.


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