John Kingston Asks Quins to Gain Lessons from Their Failed European Champions Cup Campaign

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    John Kingston, the Harlequins director of rugby, insists that lessons be learned from their European Champions Cup campaign following a 17-5 defeat to Ulster destroyed any remaining hope of his side on reaching the quarter-finals.

    Jacob Stockdale, the Ulster winger, touched down during the first half, while John Cooney was able to kick four penalties in a battle which was competed in heavy snow at Twickenham Stoop. The line for the hosts was crossed by Prop Kyle Sinckler.

    A third successive European defeat and the first time that Quins have suffered such a result since the campaign in 2009-10, left the south-west London outfit rooted to the foot of Pool One with only one point and 14 behind La Rochelle, the runaway leaders.

    Kingston said: “We are out of it, we are not going to qualify and it has been disappointing.

    “We haven’t been in the competition for three years so you are not going to spring into it and win it but you must learn your lessons from being in it.

    “We made a fist of it against La Rochelle but we were poor against Wasps and not great today in difficult conditions. We didn’t react quickly enough to what was needed in the conditions.

    “We were too intricate and needed basic stuff in the first half. However, I thought we were back in with 25 minutes to go but they nailed their chances and we didn’t.”

    The next assignment of Quins is the reverse fixture against Ulster that is scheduled on Friday where they are possible to be without Danny Care and Chris Robshaw, the England duo who both had failed head injury assessments during the showdown on Sunday.

    Kingston stated: “Realistically we will be without Danny and Chris.

    “Selection won’t be difficult for Friday as I’ve just about 23 fit players who are registered for the competition.”