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2011–12 LV Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Date 15 October 2011 – 18 March 2012
Tournament statistics
Teams 16
Matches played 35
Attendance 273,097 (7,803 per match)
Tries scored 179 (5.11 per match)
Final
Venue Sixways Stadium
Attendance 11,895
Champions Leicester Tigers (7th title)
Runner-up Northampton Saints
Official website www.lv.com
2010–11 (Previous) (Next) 2012–13

The 2011–12 LV Cup (styled as the LV= Cup) was the 41st season of England's national rugby union cup competition, and the seventh to follow the Anglo-Welsh format.

The competition consisted of the four Welsh Pro 12 teams and the 12 English Premiership clubs arranged into pools consisting of three English and one Welsh team. Teams were 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, with the top team from each pool qualifying for the semi finals.[1] The competition took place during the autumn soon after the World Cup and on international fixture dates during the Six Nations, thus allowing teams to develop their squad players.

The defending champions were Gloucester, who this season failed to progress from the pool stage.

Pool stages[edit]

Points system[edit]

The points scoring system for the pool stages will be as follows:[2]

  • 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)

Pool 1 v Pool 4[edit]

Tables

Pool 1
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
England Bath 4 4 0 0 169 46 123 24 4 0 20
England Saracens 4 2 1 1 90 70 20 9 2 0 12
Wales Ospreys 4 1 0 3 71 112 -41 7 1 0 5
England London Wasps 4 0 0 4 74 137 -63 8 1 2 3
Pool 4
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
England Northampton Saints 4 3 0 1 139 84 55 18 3 0 15
England Exeter Chiefs 4 2 0 2 88 99 -11 9 1 0 9
England Worcester Warriors 4 2 0 2 71 120 -49 8 0 0 8
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 4 1 1 2 67 101 -34 5 0 1 7

Round 1[edit]

15 October 2011
14:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 16 – 46 England Bath
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,646

15 October 2011
15:00
Northampton Saints England 36 – 6 England Saracens
Report
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 11,513

15 October 2011
15:00
Worcester Warriors England 20 – 19 England London Wasps
Report
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 6,250
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (RFU)

15 October 2011
19:45
Exeter Chiefs England 35 – 9 Wales Ospreys
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 6,368

Round 2[edit]

22 October 2011
14:15
Bath England 46 – 13 England Worcester Warriors
Report
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 11,576

22 October 2011
18:00
Ospreys Wales 22 – 32 England Northampton Saints
Report
Brewery Field
Attendance: 4,463

22 October 2011
19:45
London Wasps England 29 – 30 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Adams Park
Attendance: 4,492

23 October 2011
15:00
Saracens England 43 – 20 England Exeter Chiefs
Report
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 4,507
Referee: Andrew Small (RFU)

Round 3[edit]

27 January 2012
19:00
Ospreys Wales 26 – 21 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Brewery Field
Attendance: 4,896
Referee: Greg Garner (RFU)

28 January 2012
14:30
Bath England 46 – 14 England Northampton Saints
Report
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 11,994
Referee: Sean Davey (RFU)

28 January 2012
15:00
London Wasps England 16 – 30 England Exeter Chiefs
Report
Adams Park
Attendance: 4,877
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (RFU)

29 January 2012
15:00
Saracens England 41 – 14 England Worcester Warriors
Report
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 4,970

Round 4[edit]

3 February 2012
19:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales P – P England Saracens

This match was postponed due to a frozen pitch at Rodney Parade.[3] The LV= Organising Committee subsequently awarded the match to Saracens by 20 points to nil (a bonus point win). Dragons were also fined £10,000 (suspended) for their failure under LV= Cup Regulation 6.7 (that the pitch was unplayable and no suitable alternative arrangements were in place).[4] Dragons appealed this decision and their appeal was upheld. The decision was quashed, with the match instead being recorded as a 0–0 draw and the suspended fine reduced from £10,000 to £5,000.[5]


4 February 2012
15:00
Northampton Saints England 57 – 10 England London Wasps
Report
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 12,128
Referee: Dean Richards (RFU)

4 February 2012
15:00
Worcester Warriors England 24 – 14 Wales Ospreys
Report
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 5,856

5 February 2012
17:00
Exeter Chiefs England 3 – 31 England Bath
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 5,557

Pool 2 v Pool 3[edit]

Tables

Pool 2
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
England Leicester Tigers 4 3 0 1 86 67 19 9 1 0 13
England London Irish 4 2 0 2 100 91 9 7 1 1 10
Wales Cardiff Blues 4 1 0 3 54 143 -89 6 1 0 5
England Sale Sharks 4 1 0 3 78 146 -68 8 0 0 4
Pool 3
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Wales Scarlets 4 3 0 1 102 44 58 13 2 1 15
England Harlequins 4 2 0 2 112 108 4 12 2 1 11
England Gloucester 4 2 0 2 127 93 34 16 2 0 10
England Newcastle Falcons 4 2 0 2 106 73 33 13 2 0 10

Round 1[edit]

15 October 2011
15:00
Gloucester England 58 – 27 England Sale Sharks
Report
Kingsholm
Attendance: 9,934

15 October 2011
15:00
Harlequins England 26 – 19 England London Irish
Report
The Stoop
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts (RFU)

15 October 2011
18:00
Scarlets Wales 31 – 3 England Leicester Tigers
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,314
Referee: Sean Davey (RFU)

15 October 2011
18:30
Newcastle Falcons England 33 – 3 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Kingston Park
Attendance: 3,176
Referee: Andrew Small (RFU)

Round 2[edit]

21 October 2011
19:45
Leicester Tigers England 40 – 14 England Gloucester
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,408
Referee: James Jones (WRU)

21 October 2011
19:45
Sale Sharks England 25 – 37 England Harlequins
Report
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 4,629
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (RFU)

23 October 2011
14:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 3 – 30 Wales Scarlets
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 6,913
Referee: Greg Garner (RFU)

23 October 2011
15:00
London Irish England 39 – 23 England Newcastle Falcons
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,469
Referee: Dean Richards (RFU)

Round 3[edit]

28 January 2012
15:00
Gloucester England 40 – 3 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,099
Referee: Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts (RFU)

28 January 2012
15:00
Harlequins England 9 – 19 England Leicester Tigers
Report
The Stoop
Attendance: 13,780

28 January 2012
18:30
Scarlets Wales 27 – 19 England London Irish
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 8,117
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)

29 January 2012
15:30
Newcastle Falcons England 37 – 7 England Sale Sharks
Report
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,095

Round 4[edit]

4 February 2012
15:00
Leicester Tigers England 24 – 13 England Newcastle Falcons
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 19,767

4 February 2012
15:00
London Irish England 23 – 15 England Gloucester
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,221
Referee: Sean Davey (RFU)

4 February 2012
15:00
Sale Sharks England 19 – 14 Wales Scarlets
Report
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 3,012

5 February 2012
13:00
Cardiff Blues Wales 45 – 40 England Harlequins
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 2,093
Referee: James Jones (WRU)

Knock–out stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
9 March 2012 - Recreation Ground
 England Bath 16  
 England Leicester Tigers 17  
 
18 March 2012 - Sixways Stadium
     England Leicester Tigers 26
   England Northampton Saints 14
11 March 2012 - Franklin's Gardens
 England Northampton Saints 27
 Wales Scarlets 12  

Qualification criteria[edit]

The top teams from each pool qualify for the knockout stages. The pool winners will be decided by the following criteria:[2]

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 Bath 4 4 0 0 169 46 123 24 4 0 20
2 England Northampton Saints 4 3 0 1 139 84 55 18 3 0 15
3 Wales Scarlets 4 3 0 1 102 44 58 13 2 1 15
4 England Leicester Tigers 4 3 0 1 86 67 19 9 1 0 13

Semi-finals[edit]

Fixtures

9 March 2012
19:30
Bath England 16 – 17 England Leicester Tigers
Try: Mears 31' c
Con: Heathcote (1/1)
Pen: Heathcote 24', 51', 60'
Report Try: Kitchener 21' m
Con: Ford (0/1)
Pen: Ford 18', 49', 53', 72'
Recreation Ground, Bath
Attendance: 10,205
Referee: Dave Pearson (RFU)
FB 15 England Sam Vesty Substituted off 61'
RW 14 England Matt Banahan
OC 13 Australia Matthew Carraro
IC 12 England Olly Barkley
LW 11 England Tom Biggs
FH 10 England Tom Heathcote
SH 9 South Africa Michael Claassens
N8 8 Scotland Simon Taylor
OF 7 South Africa Francois Louw (c)
BF 6 England Ben Skirving
RL 5 Ireland Ryan Caldwell Substituted off 70' Substituted in 77'
LL 4 England Dave Attwood
TP 3 England Duncan Bell Substituted off 51'
HK 2 England Lee Mears
LP 1 England Charlie Beech Substituted off 51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Zimbabwe Pieter Dixon
PR 17 England David Flatman Substituted in 51'
PR 18 Samoa Anthony Perenise Substituted in 51'
FL 19 England Guy Mercer Substituted in 70' Substituted off 77'
FL 20 England Carl Fearns
SH 21 England Chris Cook
WG 22 England Olly Woodburn
FB 23 Scotland Jack Cuthbert Substituted in 61'
Coach:
Scotland Ian McGeechan
FB 15 New Zealand Scott Hamilton
RW 14 Argentina Horacio Agulla
OC 13 England Andy Forsyth Substituted off 68'
IC 12 England Billy Twelvetrees
LW 11 England Alex Lewington Substituted off 74'
FH 10 England George Ford
SH 9 England James Grindal Substituted off 79'
N8 8 England Ben Pienaar Substituted off 60'
OF 7 New Zealand Craig Newby (c) Substituted off 60'
BF 6 Tonga Steve Mafi
RL 5 England Graham Kitchener
LL 4 England Calum Green
TP 3 England Julian White Substituted off 45'
HK 2 England Rob Hawkins Substituted off 51'
LP 1 England Boris Stankovich Substituted off 45'
Replacements:
HK 16 England Tom Youngs Substituted in 51'
PR 17 Argentina Marcos Ayerza Substituted in 45'
PR 18 Samoa Logovi'i Mulipola Substituted in 45'
FL 19 Australia Julian Salvi Substituted in 60'
N8 20 England Thomas Waldrom Substituted in 60'
SH 21 Scotland Scott Steele Substituted in 79'
FH 22 Ireland Jeremy Staunton Substituted in 74'
CE 23 England Matt Smith Substituted in 68'
Coach:
England Richard Cockerill

Touch judges:
England Peter Huckle (RFU)
England Stuart Terheege (RFU)
Television match official:
England Geoff Warren (RFU)


11 March 2012
13:00
Northampton Saints England 27 – 12 Wales Scarlets
Try: Waller 15' c
Armstrong 47' m
Con: Myler (1/2)
Pen: Myler 21', 35', 48', 62'
Lamb 76'
Report Pen: S. Jones 23', 36', 42', 53'
Franklin's Gardens, Northampton
Attendance: 10,377
Referee: Dean Richards (RFU)
FB 15 England Paul Diggin
RW 14 Russia Vasily Artemyev
OC 13 Samoa George Pisi
IC 12 England Tom May Substituted off 62'
LW 11 England Scott Armstrong
FH 10 England Stephen Myler Substituted off 66'
SH 9 Wales Martin Roberts Substituted off 77'
N8 8 Ireland Roger Wilson
OF 7 England Tom Wood Substituted off 66'
BF 6 England Calum Clark (c)
RL 5 England Christian Day Substituted off 64'
LL 4 England James Craig
TP 3 England Paul Doran-Jones Substituted off 58'
HK 2 England Andy Long Substituted off 69'
LP 1 England Alex Waller Substituted off 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 England Ross McMillan Substituted in 69'
PR 17 Tonga Soane Tonga'uiha Substituted in 58'
PR 18 England Tom Mercey Substituted in 58'
LK 19 New Zealand Mark Sorenson Substituted in 64'
FL 20 England Ben Nutley Substituted in 66'
SH 21 England Ryan Glynn Substituted in 77'
FH 22 England Ryan Lamb Substituted in 66'
CE 23 Ireland James Downey Substituted in 62' Temporarily suspended from 74' to 80' 74' to 80'
Coach:
England Jim Mallinder
FB 15 Wales Dan Newton Substituted off 49'
RW 14 Wales Liam Williams
OC 13 Wales Gareth Maule (c)
IC 12 Wales Adam Warren Substituted off 75'
LW 11 Wales Andy Fenby
FH 10 Wales Stephen Jones
SH 9 Wales Liam Davies Substituted off 49'
N8 8 Wales Kieran Murphy
OF 7 Wales Josh Turnbull
BF 6 Wales Aaron Shingler Substituted off 49'
RL 5 Wales Dominic Day Temporarily suspended from 76' to 80' 76' to 80'
LL 4 Wales Lou Reed Substituted off 53'
TP 3 Fiji Deacon Manu Substituted off 61'
HK 2 Wales Emyr Phillips Substituted off 65'
LP 1 Wales Rhodri Jones Substituted off 53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Wales Kirby Myhill Substituted in 65'
PR 17 Wales Phil John Substituted in 53'
PR 18 Wales Peter Edwards Substituted in 61'
LK 19 Tonga Sione Timani Substituted in 53'
FL 20 England Matt Gilbert Substituted in 49'
SH 21 Wales Gareth Davies Substituted in 49'
CE 22 Wales Nic Reynolds Substituted in 75'
WG 23 Tonga Viliame Iongi Substituted in 49'
Coach:
Wales Nigel Davies

Touch judges:
England Robin Goodliffe (RFU)
England Andrew Watson (RFU)
Television match official:
England Trevor Fisher (RFU)

Final[edit]

18 March 2012
15:00
Leicester Tigers England 26 – 14 England Northampton Saints
Try: Mafi 25'
Hamilton 49'
Con: Ford (2/2)
Pen: Ford 14', 18', 24', 45'
Report Try: Day 74'
Pen: Myler 5', 11', 21'
Sixways Stadium, Worcester
Attendance: 11,895
Referee: JP Doyle (RFU)
FB 15 Ireland Geordan Murphy (c)
RW 14 Argentina Horacio Agulla
OC 13 England Matt Smith
IC 12 England Billy Twelvetrees
LW 11 New Zealand Scott Hamilton
FH 10 England George Ford
SH 9 England James Grindal
N8 8 England Thomas Waldrom
OF 7 New Zealand Craig Newby
BF 6 Tonga Steve Mafi
RL 5 England Graham Kitchener
LL 4 England George Skivington
TP 3 Samoa Logovi'i Mulipola
HK 2 England Rob Hawkins
LP 1 England Boris Stankovich
Replacements:
HK 16 England Tom Youngs
PR 17 Argentina Marcos Ayerza
PR 18 England Julian White
LK 19 England Calum Green
FL 20 Australia Julian Salvi
SH 21 Scotland Scott Steele
FH 22 England Toby Flood
CE 23 England Andy Forsyth
Coach:
England Richard Cockerill
FB 15 England Paul Diggin
RW 14 Russia Vasily Artemyev
OC 13 Samoa George Pisi
IC 12 Ireland James Downey
LW 11 England Scott Armstrong
FH 10 England Stephen Myler
SH 9 Wales Martin Roberts
N8 8 Ireland Roger Wilson
OF 7 England Tom Wood
BF 6 England Calum Clark (c)
RL 5 England Christian Day
LL 4 England James Craig
TP 3 England Paul Doran-Jones
HK 2 England Andy Long
LP 1 Tonga Soane Tonga'uiha
Replacements:
HK 16 England Ross McMillan
PR 17 England Alex Waller
PR 18 South Africa Brian Mujati
LK 19 New Zealand Mark Sorenson
FL 20 England Ben Nutley
SH 21 England Ryan Glynn
FH 22 England Ryan Lamb
CE 23 England Tom May
Coach:
England Jim Mallinder

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lv.com
  2. ^ a b "About the LV= Cup". LV=. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "LV= Cup: Newport Gwent Dragons P-P Saracens (Fri)". BBC. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dragons forfeit LV= Cup game with Saracens and receive suspended £10,000 fine". Daily Mail. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dragons appeal over LV= Cup clash with Saracens upheld". WalesOnline. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.