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Ulster qualify for last eight of Europe Champions Cup with battling win over Leicester Tigers

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A rousing second half comeback saw Ulster come away with a hard-fought 14-13 win over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road and seal their place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals.

They were made to work hard for it after a dour, error-strewn first half that saw the Tigers dominate but only put ten points on the board.

But Dan McFarland's side fought back in the second half, with the returning Iain Henderson exceptional, and tries from Marty Moore and Robert Baloucoune saw them over the line and into the knockouts.

Racing 92 won the pool by defeating Scarlets in Paris, meaning Ulster will be on the road in the quarter-finals against one of the top three sides.

As much as the Tigers dominated the opening half, their repeated mistakes meant they couldn't capitalise on good work done by the likes of Matt Toomua and Manu Tuilagi.

They did take the lead through a George Ford penalty on the half-hour mark, and it was Ford who set up the first try when he stabbed a kick through for Toomua to race onto with the last play of the half.

Ford knocked over his second penalty of the game early in the second half to make Ulster's task even harder, but with two quick tries they turned the game on its head.

The first came from Moore, the tighthead diving over from the back of a maul, before Balocoune put Ulster ahead when he raced onto a kick through from Billy Burns and went under the posts.

Leicester threatened towards the end of the game, with a successful kick enough to give them the win, but a crucial turnover from Jordi Murphy and Rory Best allowed Ulster to clear.

And the visitors held on to the end, securing a massive victory in Welford Road, putting them into the final eight on a huge high.

Keep up to date with the game right here, as Iain Henderson makes an unexpected return to action:

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