2009–10 LV Cup

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2009–10 LV Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Date November 2009 - March 2010
Tournament statistics
Teams 16
Matches played 35
Attendance 278,978 (7,971 per match)
Tries scored 150 (4.29 per match)
Final
Venue Sixways Stadium
Attendance 12,024
Champions England Northampton Saints (1st title)
Runner-up England Gloucester
2008–09 (Previous) (Next) 2010–11

The 2009–10 LV Cup (styled as the LV= Cup) was the 39th season of England's national rugby union cup competition, and the fifth to follow the recently adopted Anglo-Welsh format.

Northampton Saints were crowned champions after beating Gloucester in the final at Worcester's Sixways Stadium.

The structure of the competition has been altered from previous years. The competition will continue to consist of the four Welsh Magners League teams and the twelve Guinness Premiership clubs arranged into pools consisting of three English and one Welsh team. However, the new format will see teams guaranteed two home and two away pool matches, with teams in Pools 1 and 4 playing each other and teams in Pools 2 and 3 playing each other.[1] The competition is set to take place on international fixture dates during the Autumn Internationals and Six Nations, thus allowing teams to develop their squad players.[2]

On 29 October 2009, little more than a week before the start of this season's competition, British insurer LV was unveiled as the new sponsor. The deal runs through the 2010–11 season.[3]

Pool stages[edit]

Points system[edit]

The points scoring system for the pool stages will be as follows:[4]

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match (TB)
  • 1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less (LB)

The ranking criteria were:

  • If two or more clubs in the same pool end the pool stage equal on match points, then the order in which they have finished will be determined by:
    • i. the greater number of matches won by the club and
    • ii. if the number of matches won is equal, the club with the greater total number of tries scored and
    • iii. if the total number of tries scored is equal, the club with the greater points difference (points scored for, less points scored against) and
    • iv. if the points difference is equal, the club with the fewer number of red cards and
    • v. if the number of red cards is the same, by the toss a coin.

Pool 1 v Pool 4[edit]

Pool 1
Team[5] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
England Saracens 4 2 0 2 83 69 14 8 1 1 10
England Leicester Tigers 4 2 0 2 84 82 2 10 1 0 9
England Sale Sharks 4 1 0 3 57 83 -26 7 1 1 6
Wales Ospreys 4 1 0 3 68 97 -29 9 0 1 5
Pool 4
Team[5] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
England Northampton Saints 4 4 0 0 81 45 36 7 0 0 16
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 4 3 0 1 103 79 24 10 0 0 12
England Bath 4 2 0 2 94 75 19 12 1 0 9
England Leeds Carnegie 4 1 0 3 53 93 -40 6 0 1 5

Round 1[edit]

5 November 2009
19:30
Ospreys Wales 17 – 19 England Northampton Saints
Try: Spratt
Hibbard
Con: Owen
Pen: Owen
Report Try: Cannon
Con: Myler
Pen: Myler (4)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 4,322
Referee: James Jones (WRU)

6 November 2009
19:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 20 – 9 England Sale Sharks
Try: Connor
Lee
Con: Connor
Greendale
Pen: Connor
Greendale
Report Pen: Hodgson (3)
Rodney Parade, Newport
Attendance: 4,539
Referee: Martin Fox (RFU)

8 November 2009
15:00
Leeds Carnegie England 28 – 17 England Leicester Tigers
Report
Headingley Stadium, Leeds
Attendance: 3,893
Referee: Sean Davey (RFU)

8 November 2009
15:00
Saracens England 30 – 22 England Bath
Report
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 6,654
Referee: Dean Richards (RFU)

Round 2[edit]

13 November 2009
19:45
Sale Sharks England 27 – 3 England Leeds Carnegie
Try: Vakacegu
Ripol
O'Donnell
Seymour
Con: Hodgson (2)
Pen: Hodgson
Report Pen: Ford
Edgeley Park, Stockport
Attendance: 5,536

14 November 2009
12:30
Bath England 21 – 11 Wales Ospreys
Try: Watson
Browne
Con: Davis
Pen: Davis (3)
Report Try: Tipuric
Pen: Davies
Owen
Recreation Ground, Bath
Attendance: 10,789
Referee: Sean Davey (RFU)

14 November 2009
13:00
Northampton Saints England 19 – 3 England Saracens
Try: Ashton
Reihana
Pen: Myler (3)
Report Pen: Goode
Franklin's Gardens, Northampton
Attendance: 12,037
Referee: Gwyn Morris (WRU)

14 November 2009
15:00
Leicester Tigers England 29 – 20 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Try: Crane
Allen
Penalty
Con: Staunton
Pen: Staunton (2)
Flood (2)
Report Try: Tovey
Brew
Gomer-Davies
Con: Connor
Pen: Conner
Welford Road, Leicester
Attendance: 16,297
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (RFU)

Round 3[edit]

29 January 2010
19:15
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 40 – 19 Wales Ospreys
Try: A. Jones
Smith
Brew
Con: Tovey (2)
Pen: Tovey (7)
Report Try: Owen
Penalty
Prydie
Con: Prydie (2)
Rodney Parade, Newport
Attendance: 6,027
Referee: James Jones (WRU)

29 January 2010
19:30
Leeds Carnegie England 5 – 28 England Saracens
Try: Wackett
Report Try: Joubert
Brits
Powell
Marshall
Con: Hougaard (3)
Jackson
Headingley Stadium, Leeds
Attendance: 1,781

29 January 2010
19:45
Leicester Tigers England 27 – 11 England Bath
Try: Twelvetrees (2)
Penalty
Tuilagi
Con: Vesty (2)
Pen: Vesty
Report Try: Fa'amatuainu
Pen: Davis (2)
Welford Road, Leicester
Attendance: 19,772
Referee: David Rose (RFU)

29 January 2010
19:45
Sale Sharks England 14 – 20 England Northampton Saints
Try: Hodgson
Koyamailbole
Report Try: Mayor
Diggin
Pen: Myler (2)
Edgeley Park, Stockport
Attendance: 6,506

Round 4[edit]

4 February 2010
19:25
Ospreys Wales 21 – 17 England Leeds Carnegie
Report
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 2,557
Referee: Gwyn Morris (WRU)

6 February 2010
14:15
Bath England 40 – 7 England Sale Sharks
Report
Recreation Ground, Bath
Attendance: 10,165
Referee: James Jones (WRU)

6 February 2010
15:00
Northampton Saints England 23 – 11 England Leicester Tigers
Report
Franklin's Gardens, Northampton
Attendance: 13,092
Referee: Dave Pearson (RFU)

7 February 2010
15:00
Saracens England 22 – 23 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 5,939
Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)

Pool 2 v Pool 3[edit]

Pool 2
Team[5] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
England Gloucester 4 2 0 2 87 81 6 12 1 2 11
Wales Scarlets 4 2 1 1 88 83 5 9 1 0 11
England London Irish 4 1 0 3 54 70 -16 4 0 2 6
England Newcastle Falcons 4 0 0 4 41 105 -64 5 1 1 2
Pool 3
Team[5] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Wales Cardiff Blues 4 3 0 1 120 84 36 14 2 1 15
England London Wasps 4 3 0 1 67 55 12 6 0 1 13
England Harlequins 4 2 1 1 79 67 12 7 0 1 11
England Worcester Warriors 4 2 0 2 73 64 9 8 1 0 9

Round 1[edit]

7 November 2009
12:30
Worcester Warriors England 32 – 6 England Newcastle Falcons
Report
Sixways Stadium, Worcester
Attendance: 6,704

8 November 2009
13:45
Harlequins England 15 – 15 Wales Scarlets
Report
The Stoop, London
Attendance: 9,653
Referee: Tim Hayes (WRU)

8 November 2009
15:00
Gloucester England 25 – 26 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Attendance: 6,099
Referee: Rob Debney (RFU)

8 November 2009
15:00
London Irish England 20 – 24 England London Wasps
Report
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 10,010
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (SARU)

Round 2[edit]

14 November 2009
15:00
Scarlets Wales 32 – 17 England Worcester Warriors
Try: Daniel
Lyons
Evans
Priestland
Con: Priestland (3)
Pen: Priestland (2)
Report Try: Cox
Kitchener
Con: MacRae (2)
Pen: Crook
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Attendance: 5,560
Referee: David Rose (RFU)

15 November 2009
13:45
Cardiff Blues Wales 11 – 12 England London Irish
Try: Rees
Pen: Sweeney (2)
Report Pen: Hewat (2)
Homer
Lamb
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 7,778
Referee: JP Doyle (RFU)

15 November 2009
15:00
London Wasps England 21 – 14 England Gloucester
Try: Varndell
Simpson
Con: Walder
Pen: Hickey
Walder (2)
Report Try: Burns (2)
Con: Burns (2)
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 7,475
Referee: Martin Fox (RFU)

15 November 2009
15:00
Newcastle Falcons England 8 – 19 England Harlequins
Try: Tait
Pen: Miller
Report Try: Smith
Con: Clegg
Pen: Clegg (4)
Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Attendance: 4,650
Referee: Greg Garner (RFU)

Round 3[edit]

30 January 2010
15:00
Gloucester England 17 – 5 England Worcester Warriors
Try: Burns
Qera
Con: Robinson
Pen: Robinson (2)
Report Try: Pennell
Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Attendance: 7,192

30 January 2010
17:45
London Wasps England 13 – 18 Wales Scarlets
Try: Varndell (2)
Pen: Walder
Report Pen: Priestland (6)
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 8,070
Referee: Dean Richards (RFU)

31 January 2010
15:00
Cardiff Blues Wales 45 – 24 England Newcastle Falcons
Report
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: James Jones (WRU)

31 January 2010
15:00
London Irish England 13 – 16 England Harlequins
Report
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 10,030
Referee: Martin Fox (RFU)

Round 4[edit]

6 February 2010
15:00
Scarlets Wales 23 – 38 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Attendance: 5,671
Referee: Greg Garner (RFU)

6 February 2010
15:00
Worcester Warriors England 19 – 9 England London Irish
Report
Sixways Stadium, Worcester
Attendance: 7,501
Referee: David Bodilly (WRU)

7 February 2010
15:00
Harlequins England 29 – 31 England Gloucester
Report
The Stoop, London
Attendance: 9,732
Referee: Sean Davey (RFU)

7 February 2010
15:00
Newcastle Falcons England 3 – 9 England London Wasps
Report
Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Attendance: 4,651
Referee: Andrew Small (RFU)

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
14 March 2010 - Franklin's Gardens
  England Northampton Saints 31  
  England Saracens 20  
 
21 March 2010 - Sixways Stadium
      England Northampton Saints 30
    England Gloucester 24
14 March 2010 - Cardiff City Stadium
  Wales Cardiff Blues 18
  England Gloucester 29  

Qualification criteria[edit]

The top teams from each pool qualify for the knockout stages. The pool winners will be decided by the following criteria:[4]

1. The pool winner will be the club with the highest number of match points in each pool. The pool winners will be ranked 1 to 4 by reference to the number of match points earned in the pools.
2. If two or more clubs in the same pool end the pool stage equal on match points, then the order in which they have finished will be determined by:
i. the greater number of matches won by the club and
ii. if the number of matches won is equal, the club with the greater total number of tries scored and
iii. if the total number of tries scored is equal, the club with the greater points difference (points scored for, less points scored against) and
iv. if the points difference is equal, the club with the fewer number of red cards and
v. if the number of red cards is the same, by the toss a coin.

Each of the four qualifying clubs shall be ranked as above and shall play each other as follows:

Semi-final 1 - 1st ranked club v 4th ranked club
Semi-final 2 - 2nd ranked club v 3rd ranked club

The first club listed in each of the semi-final matches shall be the home club.

Qualifiers
Rank Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
1 England Northampton Saints 4 4 0 0 81 45 36 7 0 0 16
2 Wales Cardiff Blues 4 3 0 1 120 84 36 14 2 1 15
3 England Gloucester 4 2 0 2 87 81 6 12 1 2 11
4 England Saracens 4 2 0 2 83 69 14 8 1 1 10

Semi-finals[edit]

14 March 2010
12:15
Cardiff Blues Wales 18 – 29 England Gloucester
Try: Laulala
Sweeney
Con: Blair
Pen: Blair (2)
Report Try: Burns
Simpson-Daniel (3)
Con: Robinson (3)
Pen: Robinson
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 8,378

14 March 2010
16:15
Northampton Saints England 31 – 20 England Saracens
Try: Dowson
Mujati
Diggin
Best
Con: Geraghty
Pen: Geraghty (3)
Report Try: Melck
Pen: Hougaard 4
Jackson
Franklin's Gardens, Northampton
Attendance: 11,894
Referee: Romain Poite (FFR)

Final[edit]

21 March 2010
15:30
Northampton Saints England 30 – 24 England Gloucester
Try: S Tonga'uiha
J Downey
L Dickson
Con: S Myler (3)
Pen: S Myler (3)
Report Try: A Qera
Penalty
Con: N Robinson
Pen: N Robinson (4)
Sixways Stadium, Worcester
Attendance: 12,024
Referee: Alan Lewis (IRFU)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anglo-Welsh Cup fixtures revealed". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Anglo-Welsh Cup set to carry on". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 May 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "LV= sponsors rugby's Anglo-Welsh Tournament" (Press release). Rugby Football Union. 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  4. ^ a b "About the LV= Cup". LV=. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Group Tables LV= Cup Previous Seasons". www.premiershiprugby.com. Retrieved 15 February 2013.