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Harlequins Chase Domestic Double

Harlequins Chase Domestic Double

Belfast Harlequins will be bidding to retain the First Trust Ulster Senior Cup tonight when they clash with Dungannon in an eagerly-awaited final at Ravenhill (kick-off 7.30pm).

‘Quins, who beat Dungannon 19-14 to win the Ulster Senior League last weekend, won last year’s Ulster Senior Cup – getting the better of city rivals Malone 36-9 in the decider – and seem nicely poised to end their topsy turvy season on a high.

Relegated from AIB League Division One, Andy Ward’s Belfast side will defend their cup title without lock Lewis Stevenson who is on Magners League duty with Ulster.

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‘Quins forwards Stevenson, who would have been available to play in the final due to his development contract status, and John Andress, the former Ireland Under-21 prop, are both leaving these shores to play for English side Exeter next season.

Harlequins beat Ballymena 26-13 in March’s Ulster Senior Cup semi-finals, while Dungannon ended Malone’s run with a 26-10 defeat. The final, which was due to take place last month, was postponed until tonight, “following a request by the sponsor.”

The change of date allows the game to go ahead at the home of Ulster Rugby, as Ravenhill was being used as a venue for the IRB Under-19 World Cup last month.

Entry to tonight’s Ulster Senior Cup final at Ravenhill is STG£7 for an adult and £3 for children and parking is on a first come first served basis. Gates will open at 6pm.