Ulster all but eliminate Harlequins with impressive show of strength in the snow

• Harlequins 5-17 Ulster
• Away win means Quins almost certainly out and Ulster’s hopes are revived

In the midst of a blizzard Harlequins’ European hopes were blown away. They were outthought and outfought by an Ulster side who adapted to the treacherous conditions far better, weathered a brief Quins revival at the start of the second half and kept themselves in front through John Cooney’s goalkicking. It was an arm wrestle but a thoroughly deserved victory and it reignites Ulster’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages. For Harlequins the game is up.

They had spent two seasons away from Europe’s top table and their return has been forgettable – this a third straight defeat in the competition, registering only through a close-range Kyle Sinckler try. They were not helped by head injuries to Chris Robshaw and Danny Care, but it was a dispirited performance, lacking in the physicality shown against Saracens seven days previously and the wherewithal to cope with snow.

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