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Pool 3 Sides Show the Way in LV Cup

All four sides won their opening matches in the Anglo-Welsh competition

Posted Oct 20, 2011 by Chris White

Gloucester started their LV Cup campaign with a win against Sale

The LV Cup got under way last weekend and it was the four Pool 3 sides who showed the way with them all sealing comprehensive victories against their Pool 2 opponents.

Champions Gloucester ran in seven tries against Premiership opponents Sale in a 58-27 victory. Leading 20-17 at the break, Gloucester allowed their visitors back into the match, with the Sharks levelling the scores at 27-27 with an hour on the clock. However, Gloucester ran in four tries in the final fifteen minutes to give the scoreline an emphatic look, which, upon reflection on the end-to-end encounter, was a little harsh on Sale, who were right in the game until Gloucester took charge.

Greg Goosen scored a hat trick for Newcastle Falcons who put their wretched Premiership form behind them to thrash Cardiff Blues 33-3 in their opening match in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Mark Wilson scored in just the second minute for Newcastle, and Goosen went over three minutes later for his first. Jimmy Gopperth kicked four conversions for the Falcons, while Cardiff’s only score was a penalty courtesy of Rhys Patchell.

The Scarlets took advantage of the depleted and under-performing Leicester Tigers with five tries in a 31-3 bonus point victory. Kieran Murphy crossed twice, while flanker Matt Gilbert also scored, as did Liam Williams and fly half Jordan Williams who lead an 80-metre breakaway in the final minute to score. A penalty from George Ford in the first half was the only thing to cheer for Leicester fans.

Ollie Lindsay-Hague scored an 84th-minute match winning try to ensure Harlequins continued their unbeaten league form in the LV Cup, with a 26-19 win against London Irish at the Stoop. Ben Urdapilletta scored an early try for Quins which was converted by Rory Clegg. Tom Homer scored two penalties for the Exiles, but a Clegg penalty made it 10-6 at the break. Clegg and Homer exchanged penalties until the score was 16-12, but David Sissi pulled away from the 5 metre scrum with just six minutes remaining to give London Irish the lead. While Clegg equalised with a penalty shortly after, it was Lindsay-Hague’s breakaway try that was the final score of the match.

In Pool 4, Northampton lead the way thanks to a 36-6 bonus point victory against Saracens. A hat trick of tries from Russian debutant Vasily Artemyev and two from Jamie Elliott on the opposite flank set up the victory, with only two penalties from Ben Spencer getting Sarries on the scoreboard.

Exeter Chiefs also took a bonus point win over Ospreys in the opening round, with a 35-9 victory. A penalty try from a collapsed scrum put the Chiefs on their way and prop John Andress touched down on the half hour. Phil Dollman and replacement centre Josh Tatupu added late tries to ensure the victory and bonus point, while Ospreys had to settle for three penalties from Matthew Morgan.

A brace of tries from Tom Arscott saw Worcester Warriors start their LV Cup campaign with a nail-biting 20-19 win against London Wasps. Arscott capped a fine move in the first half to score his first before a dazzling burst from 50-metres out saw him add a second. Joe Carlisle converted both tries and kicked two penalties while Elliot Daly and Alex Cheesman scored for Wasps, who couldn’t convert either try. Ryan Davis kicked two penalties but missed a late drop goal attempt to win it as Worcester held on.

Bath were the only Pool 1 side to win at the weekend, with a 46-16 demolition of Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade. Bath scored seven tries in the win with Newport’s latest signing Tonderai Chavhanga scoring in the first half. With the scores 20-16 to the visitors at the break, Newport were in with a chance but Bath’s superiority showed in the second period.

LV Cup First Round Results:

Exeter Chiefs 35 – 9 Ospreys

Gloucester 58 – 27 Sale Sharks

Harlequins 26 – 19 London Irish

Newcastle Falcons 33 – 3 Cardiff Blues

Newport Gwent Dragons 16 – 46 Bath

Northampton Saints 36 – 6 Saracens

Scarlets 31 – 3 Leicester Tigers

Worcester Warriors 20 – 19 London Wasps

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