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Ulster come back to earn quarterfinal berth

MATCH REPORT: Ulster overcame a 14-point deficit to earn a place in the EPCR Challenge Cup quarterfinal stage with a 40-17 victory over Montpellier on Sunday.

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Tries from fullback Will Addison, wing Robert Baloucoune, replacement forward Scott Wilson, flank David McCann and outside centre Stuart McCloskey turned the tide after the hosts made an impressive start.

A penalty try completed the rout in the final minute.

Flyhalf John Cooney added a quartet of conversions from the tee for a tally of eight points.

The Irish province were aided by a red card to the TOP14 club’s lock Paul Willemse with the score at 7-17 to the hosts, with further disciplinary indiscretions occurring late in the contest as the TOP14 club were reduced to 12-men for a period.

The French outfit had looked in command in the early stages with Willemse and scrumhalf Aubin Eymeri crossing the whitewash in the first period, flyhalf Louis Foursans-Bourdette adding seven points from the tee.

The victory earns Ulster another trip to the continent next weekend as they travel to the Stade Marcel to take on three-time winners Clermont Auvergne.

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Scorers:

For Montpellier:
Tries: Willemse, Eymeri
Cons: Foursans 2
Pen: Foursans

For Ulster:
Tries: Addison, Baloucoune, Wilson, McCann, McCloskey, PT
Cons: Cooney 4

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Teams:

Montpellier: 15 Alexandre de Nardi, 14 Gabriel N’Gandebe, 13 George Bridge, 12 Auguste Cadot, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Louis Foursans-Bourdette, 9 Aubin Eymeri, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Clement Doumenc, 6 Alex Becognee, 5 Paul Willemse (c), 4 Florian Verhaeghe, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Gregory Fichten
Replacements: 16 Vano Karkadze, 17 Baptiste Erdocio, 18 Lasha Macharashvili, 19 Tyler DuGuid, 20 Yacouba Camara, 21 Louis Carbonel, 22 Masi Dakuwaqa, 23 Pierre Lucas

Ulster: 15 Stewart Moore, 14 Rob Baloucoune, 13 James Hume, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Ethan McIlroy, 10 Nathan Doak, 9 John Cooney, 8 Nick Timoney, 7 David McCann, 6 Matty Rea, 5 Iain Henderson (c), 4 Alan O’Connor, 3 Tom O’Toole, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Tom Stewart, 17 Andy Warwick, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Harry Sheridan, 20 Cormac Izuchukwu, 21 Jake Flannery, 22 Jacob Stockdale, 23 Dave Ewers

Referee: Craig Evans (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Adam Jones (Wales), Ben Breakspear (Wales)
TMO: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

Source @EPCR

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