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How the Ulster players rated in the Champions Cup victory over Harlequins

Ratings By Michael Sadlier

Ulster bounced back to form with a tremendous 17-5 victory away at Harlequins on Sunday. It was a result that breathed life into their season and gave their hopes of escaping their Champions Cup pool a real boost.

But how did all of the individual players perform? Here are Michael Sadlier's player ratings:

Ulster player ratings v Harlequins

Charles Piutau 7: Helped spark that great attack from his own touchline early on and stood up well to the conditions in both attack and defence

Craig Gilroy 6: An early break and began that super Ulster attack from his own line. Looked really sharp but there was little action in the second half

Craig Gilroy of Ulster is tackled by Charlie Walker

Tommy Bowe 5: Was there to link up with Cooney for the early break-out down the left but, other than that, he was a pretty peripheral figure and departed early

Stuart McCloskey 6: Took a risky 22 to himself and then it was all about hard carries and covering. Was done for a high hit on Brown but worked hard

Jacob Stockdale 8: He plays, he scores. A second-half break that led to nothing for Ulster but he was so involved even working hard at a ruck

Christian Leali'ifano 6: Nice early hit on Bothma and had some nice touches but there was one horrible touch out on the full. Cooney took the heat off him

John Cooney 8: The fear was that Care would torch him, but Cooney rose to the occasion with aplomb. Kicked four penalties and great kicking from hand too

Snow holding back: John Cooney kicks Ulster to victory against Harlequins

Callum Black 6: Stood up so well after an iffy enough display at the Dragons. There was one penalty near the line but he generally worked so hard for the cause

Rob Herring 7: Two early lineout throws lost but he really made up for that and Best’s absence with an all-action display, though couldn’t stop Sinckler’s try

Wiehahn Herbst 7: Won an early penalty against Marler and that set the tone on his return to the side. The scrums were strong too which helped

Alan O'Connor 6: This was more up his street with grunt being king. Never shirks hard work and this was all about that. Tackled hard

Kieran Treadwell 5: First lineout was lost against his old club. One great hit on Bothma but still didn’t stop the try and was replaced soon after getting attention

Iain Henderson 8: The skipper needed to inspire and did so in spades. His first-half break was inspirational and made a huge hit on Luamanu. A key performer

Close quarters: Iain Henderson is tackled by Archie White

Sean Reidy 7: Great support line for Stockdale’s try and, as usual, he was nearly always on the scene to do his job well as Ulster’s back row stood tall

Nick Timoney 6: No real opportunity to show his pace with the ball in hand but made a marvellous hit on Matthews late in the game


Louis Ludik (for Bowe, 47) 6: Some solid hits were just what was needed

Chris Henry (for Treadwell, 52) 6: Came on and made his tackles when it really mattered

Ross Kane (for Herbst, 63) 6: Some deft passing on show

Andy Warwick (for Black, 70) 5: He was very fortunate not to concede a penalty after his introduction

Subs not used: John Andrew, Mattie Rea, Paul Marshall and Pete Nelson

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