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Connacht Cup place is justified by Quins show

ON Saturday evening, Connacht showed why they belong in the Heineken Cup as they contributed to a fantastic game in the Sportsgrounds.

TWO tries from Danny Care set Harlequins on their way to a deserved 30-22 win but no one would argue that the western province would have richly deserved a losing bonus point.

Dan Parks converted David McSharry's seventh-minute try and added four penalties to move the hosts 19-9 ahead.

But Quins grabbed 15 points in the closing 11 minutes before the break, that profitable spell being crowned by Care's two shrewdly taken tries.


Ben Botica, an excellent replacement for Nick Evans against Biarritz in the opening round, landed an injury-time penalty to complete a 24-19 turnaround by the interval.

Botica turned in another dazzling place-kicking display with a 20-point haul, as two further three-pointers from him killed off Connacht's doughty challenge.