LONDON Irish’s run in the European Challenge Cup was ended at the quarter-final stage as they were beaten at Harlequins 38-30.

The home side ran in five tries as they came from behind to win the tie at The Stoop.

England scrum-half Danny Care claimed a hat-trick, while loose forward Luke Wallace went over twice as Quins booked a final four showdown with Grenoble.

The Exiles certainly gave their London rivals a scare, with three tries from winger Fergus Mulchrone, scrum-half Brendan McKibbin and centre Sean Maitland.

Shane Geraghty converted all of them and also kicked three penalties, before Harlequins grabbed a late winning try Irish return to Premiership league action on Sunday, when they face a crunch relegation clash at Newcastle.