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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Ulster ready to follow up with another big win over Harlequins

Irish outfit strong on home soil

Ulster got the better of Harlequins in the snow at the Stoop
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Ulster came away from a snowy Stoop with an impressive 17-5 win over Quins last weekend having gone into the game as narrow underdogs, and the upshot is they are chalked up as hefty 17-point favourites for this Belfast return.

Both sets of coaches agreed the Ulster players adapted better to the difficult weather conditions, but there was more to the victory than that as Quins were unable to cope with the visitors' physicality, especially up front.

And things have got harder for the Premiership side as scrum-half Danny Care and flanker Chris Robshaw, both England internationals, were forced off injured on Saturday and are sidelined for this clash.

Ulster like to think of their Kingspan Stadium as a fortress - they have lost three of 13 European fixtures there over the last five seasons, and two of those were to tournament winners Toulon and Saracens.

This season their only Pro14 home defeat in six outings was to high-flying Leinster and they have run in 20 tries in those games.

Quins got the better of powerhouses Saracens in their most recent Premiership match before the Ulster defeat but lost their last two on the road by double-figure margins.

They could stay within a handicap in the high teens but a winning margin of 11 to 20 points looks the best bet.

Recommendation
Ulster to win by 11 to 20 points
1pt 11-4 Betfair


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