Champions Cup – Harlequins Smash Ulster Rugby To Give Hope Of Home Tie

 

Louis Lynagh came off the bench to score a brace of tries as Harlequins put Ulster Rugby to the sword in their Round 4 47-19 Investec Champions Cup win.

Lynagh was not included in the original 23, but came in as a late change and was on the field within 15 minutes, scoring both of his tries before the break.

Harlequins crossed seven times, with fly-half Marcus Smith converting all but one, as they boosted their hopes of earning a home tie for the Round of 16.

It was a poor opening 40 minutes from Ulster Rugby, who only had themselves to blame as they headed in 21-7 down at the break.

A quick line-out saw wing Nick David race away for the game’s first score, with Lynagh then scoring a stunning try as he ran through fly-half Billy Burns before kicking and chasing down the ball.

He was helped by a fortuitous bounce which took the ball out of the hands of wing Jacob Stockdale, and it was deja vu for the home side’s third score when Lynagh gathered another lose ball after wing Robert Baloucoune failed to bring the ball under control.

Ulster Rugby did manage to get over through Flanker David McCann, scrum-half John Cooney converting, as the Ulstermen exploited a man advantage with David in the sin bin.

The bonus point for Harlequins was sewn up seven minutes into the second period, scrum-half Danny Care spotting a gap and racing through, with centre Andre Esterhuizen, David (his second), and flanker Will Evans also adding second-half scores for the home side.

Ulster Rugby showed little fight, but centre Stuart McCloskey and Stockdale did get over to restore some pride, Nathan Doak kicking the extras.

Harlequins’ hopes of a home tie depend on what Bath Rugby can do against Stade Toulousain tomorrow, while Ulster Rugby’s hopes of remaining in the competition depend on the result of Cardiff Rugby against Racing 92.

Scorers:
Harlequins: Tries: Nick David, Louis Lynagh (2), Danny Care, Andre Esterhuizen, Nick David, Will Evans. Conversions: Marcus Smith (6).
Ulster Rugby: Tries: David McCann, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale. Conversions: John Cooney, Nathan Doak.

Teams:

Harlequins: 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Nick David, 13 Oscar Beard, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Cameron Anderson, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care, 8 Alex Dombrandt (c), 7 Will Evans, 6 Chandler Cunningham-South, 5 George Hammond, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Will Collier, 2 Jack Walker, 1 Joe Marler. Replacements: 16 Sam Riley, 17 Fin Baxter, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Archie White, 21 Will Porter, 22 Lennox Anyanwu, 23 Will Joseph.

Ulster Rugby: 15 Mike Lowry, 14 Rob Baloucoune, 13 James Hume, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Billy Burns, 9 John Cooney, 8 Nick Timoney, 7 David McCann, 6 Matty Rea, 5 Iain Henderson (c), 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Tom O’Toole, 2 Tom Stewart, 1 Steven Kitshoff. Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Andy Warwick, 18 Marty Moore, 19 Harry Sheridan, 20 Marcus Rea, 21 Nathan Doak, 22 Luke Marshall, 23 Will Addison.