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Ulster on the brink of last eight place

 

Ulster’s Luke Marshall touches down for his try ahead of Francis Saili of Harlequins
Ulster’s Luke Marshall touches down for his try ahead of Francis Saili of Harlequins
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

More heroics from John Cooney brought Ulster to the brink of the Champions Cup quarter-finals with the scrum-half man-of-the-match in a 34-10 bonus-point win over Harlequins at The Stoop.

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The province had to wait until the 77th minute to score the crucial fourth try but it was again talisman Cooney who lifted them into the winning position.

With a try just before the break, a try-saving tackle just after it, and another fine individual effort to make the victory safe, the 29-year-old's fingerprints were again all over the winning blueprint as Ulster made it four from four to sit top of Pool 3 with two games to go.

Luke Marshall, Matt Faddes and Tom O'Toole were the other scorers on the night, ensuring a first five-point haul in this season's competition.

With Clermont still to visit in the new year, Dan McFarland's men still have work to do but even defeat in the Stade Marcel Michelin, would not be terminal to their hopes.

They round off the pool against Bath at home knowing one win from two would almost certainly see them into the last eight for a second year in succession.

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