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Sunday 23 July 2017

Doak takes positives from rout

An experimental Ulster side suffered a resounding defeat at the hands of Harlequins in The Stoop on Saturday.

The home side raced into a 17-0 lead by half-time with tries from England duo Danny Care and Ugo Monye. Replacement Joe Marler finished the job in the second half and all three tries were converted by Nick Evans, who also added a penalty. Nevertheless, Ulster assistant coach Neil Doak was keen to take some positives from the game.

"Defending for long periods of time is very draining and it certainly took its toll on the boys' legs," he admitted. "We just weren't really able to put Harlequins under any sustainable pressure and found it hard to keep hold of the ball when we got it. But David McIlwaine had a really good game at full-back and (wing) Craig Gilroy got a couple of good runs."

Meanwhile, Tommy Bowe is ready to seal a hat-trick of personal honours tonight.

The Ospreys flier is the favourite to clinch the inaugural Magners League Players' Player of the Year Award in Cardiff after collecting similar accolades in Ireland and Wales.

Irish Independent

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