Belfast Harlequins 31 Lansdowne 17
Belfast Harlequins moved to sixth in the AIB Division One table with a handsome five-try win over a depleted Lansdowne at Deramore Park.
The Dublin side were missing the influential Brian Cusack, flanker Liam Toland, who scored two tries last weekend, and prop Enda Bohan, and it proved to be the difference between the sides as the Harlequins’ pack dominated for long periods of the game.
Belfast attacked well in the early stages, but had no points on the board to show for their powerful play.
Eventually they got going and tries from number 8 Chris McCarey and wing Andy Park, with the second converted by full back Willem Slabbert putting them 12-3 in front by the midway point of the first half.
Lansdowne out-half Brian O’Mahony was providing the only bright sparks of a poor half for Harry McWilliams’ side – and his offload to Conor McNaughton sent the winger over for their only try of the first half, to which O’Mahony added the conversion and kicked a penalty.
Into the second-half and Harlequins continued to press, with the fleet-footed scrum-half Reece Spee scorching over from 40 metres for the try of the game shortly before the hour mark.
He notched a second soon after and it became a rout near the end with prop Jarleth Carey getting in for a fifth score.
Brian McNamara rumbled over for a consolation for Lansdowne, with O’Mahony converting.
Belfast: Tries: McCarey, Park, Carey, Spee 2; Con: Slabbert 3.
Lansdowne: Tries: McNamara, McNaughton; Con: O’Mahony 2; Pen: O’Mahony.