2010–11 LV Cup

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2010–11 LV Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Date 4 November 2010 – 20 March 2011
Tournament statistics
Teams 16
Matches played 35
Attendance 272,795 (7,794 per match)
Tries scored 174 (4.97 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Nick Evans (Harlequins)
(48 points)[1]
Top try scorer(s) Charlie Sharples (Gloucester)
(8 tries)[2]
Final
Venue Franklin's Gardens, Northampton
Attendance 6,848
Champions Gloucester (5th title)
Runner-up Newcastle Falcons
Official website www.lv.com
2009–10 (Previous) (Next) 2011–12

The 2010–11 LV Cup (styled as the LV= Cup) was the 40th season of England's national rugby union cup competition, and the sixth to follow the Anglo-Welsh format.

The competition consisted of the four Welsh Magners League teams and the twelve Aviva 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. The competition took place on international fixture dates during the Autumn Internationals and Six Nations, thus allowing teams to develop their squad players.

The competition made history this season when London Wasps announced that their Round 3 match against Harlequins would be played in Abu Dhabi on January 30, 2011 – making it first competitive game between two English clubs to take place abroad.[3]

Gloucester claimed the cup with a comprehensive 34–7 victory over Newcastle Falcons in the final at Franklin's Gardens in Northampton. It was the fifth victory for Gloucester in the competition (including one shared title), and the first since the current Anglo-Welsh format was adopted in 2005.

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 Newcastle Falcons 4 2 0 2 61 59 2 6 0 1 9
England London Wasps 4 1 0 3 50 101 −51 4 0 1 4[n 1]
Wales Cardiff Blues 4 0 1 3 56 104 −48 4 0 0 2
England Leicester Tigers 4 0 0 4 60 141 −81 6 0 0 0
  1. ^ London Wasps were deducted 1 competition point for fielding an ineligible player.[6]
Pool 4
Team[5] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
England Harlequins 4 4 0 0 123 65 58 13 1 0 17
England Bath 4 3 0 1 110 51 59 12 1 1 14
Wales Ospreys 4 3 0 1 82 55 27 8 1 1 14
England Exeter Chiefs 4 2 1 1 90 56 34 9 1 0 11

Round 1[edit]

5 November 2010
19:30
Leicester Tigers England 25–34 England Harlequins
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,197
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
5 November 2010
19:45
Bath England 29–19 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 11,911
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
6 November 2010
15:00
Exeter Chiefs England 29–6 England London Wasps
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 7,799
Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)
6 November 2010
18:30
Newcastle Falcons England 18–17 Wales Ospreys
Report
Kingston Park
Attendance: 3,307
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (England)

Round 2[edit]

12 November 2010
19:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 23–23 England Exeter Chiefs
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 7,018
Referee: David Jones (Wales)
12 November 2010
19:45
Ospreys Wales 46–13 England Leicester Tigers
Report
Brewery Field
Attendance: 6,632
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
14 November 2010
15:00
Harlequins England 28–20 England Newcastle Falcons
Report
The Stoop
Attendance: 9,450
Referee: David Rose (England)
14 November 2010
15:00
London Wasps England 18–16 England Bath
Report
Adams Park
Attendance: 6,518
Referee: Martin Fox (England)

Round 3[edit]

29 January 2011
14:15
Bath England 11–6 England Newcastle Falcons
Report
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 11,631
Referee: Rob Debney (England)
29 January 2011
15:00
Exeter Chiefs England 35–10 England Leicester Tigers
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 7,445
Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales)
29 January 2011
18:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 7–29 Wales Ospreys
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 10,320
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
30 January 2011
15:05
London Wasps England 13–38 England Harlequins
Report
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi [7]
Attendance: 4,856
Referee: Martin Fox (England)

Round 4[edit]

4 February 2011
19:30
Leicester Tigers England 12–26 England Bath
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 13,156
Referee: James Jones (Wales)
6 February 2011
15:00
Newcastle Falcons England 17–3 England Exeter Chiefs
Report
Kingston Park
Attendance: 3,863
Referee: Chris White (England)
6 February 2011
15:15
Harlequins England 23–7 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
The Stoop
Attendance: 8,723
Referee: David Rose (England)
6 February 2011
15:00
Ospreys Wales 18–13 England London Wasps
Report
Brewery Field
Attendance: 4,800
Referee: Dean Richards (England)

Pool 2 v Pool 3[edit]

Pool 2
Team[5] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 4 3 0 1 75 69 6 8 0 0 12
England Saracens 4 2 1 1 116 72 44 15 2 0 11[n 1]
England London Irish 4 1 0 3 75 125 −50 9 1 0 5
England Leeds Carnegie 4 0 0 4 70 143 −73 8 1 1 2
  1. ^ Saracens were deducted 1 competition point for fielding an ineligible player.[8]
Pool 3
Team[5] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
England Gloucester 4 3 0 1 119 52 67 18 3 1 16
England Northampton Saints 4 2 1 1 108 86 22 14 1 0 11
Wales Scarlets 4 2 0 2 93 89 4 9 1 0 9
England Sale Sharks 4 2 0 2 89 109 −20 12 1 0 9

Round 1[edit]

4 November 2010
19:35
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 18–12 England Gloucester
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,244
Referee: James Jones (Wales)
5 November 2010
19:45
Sale Sharks England 39–14 England London Irish
Report
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 5,106
Referee: Llyr Ap Geraint-Roberts (England)
6 November 2010
12:00
Scarlets Wales 52–13 England Leeds Carnegie
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 5,013
Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales)
7 November 2010
15:00
Saracens England 22–22 England Northampton Saints
Report
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,015
Referee: Chris White (England)

Round 2[edit]

12 November 2010
19:45
Northampton Saints England 28–3 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 12,209
Referee: Sean Davey (England)
13 November 2010
13:00
Gloucester England 36–10 England Saracens
Report
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 10,120
Referee: C Hayes (England)
14 November 2010
14:30
London Irish England 16–25 Wales Scarlets
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,795
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
14 November 2010
15:00
Leeds Carnegie England 17–23 England Sale Sharks
Report
Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 3,184
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (England)

Round 3[edit]

28 January 2011
19:45
Sale Sharks England 20–28 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 5,126
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
29 January 2011
15:00
Scarlets Wales 7–34 England Saracens
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,610
Referee: Llyr Ap Geraint-Roberts (England)
30 January 2011
15:00
Leeds Carnegie England 16–30 England Gloucester
Report
Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,498
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
30 January 2011
15:00
London Irish England 37–20 England Northampton Saints
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 8,636
Referee: James Jones (Wales)

Round 4[edit]

3 February 2011
19:15
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 26–9 Wales Scarlets
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,628
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
5 February 2011
15:00
Gloucester England 41–8 England London Irish
Report
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 10,686
Referee: Gwyn Morris (Wales)
5 February 2011
15:00
Northampton Saints England 38–24 England Leeds Carnegie
Report
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 13,456
Referee: Sean Davey (England)
6 February 2011
15:00
Saracens England 50–7 England Sale Sharks
Report
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,014
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

Knock–out stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
13 March 2011 – Kingsholm
  England Gloucester 45  
  Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 17  
 
20 March 2011 – Franklin's Gardens
      England Gloucester 34
    England Newcastle Falcons 7
11 March 2011 – The Stoop
  England Harlequins 20
 England Newcastle Falcons 21  

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 Harlequins 4 4 0 0 123 65 58 13 1 0 17
2 England Gloucester 4 3 0 1 119 52 67 18 3 1 16
3 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 4 3 0 1 75 69 6 8 0 0 12
4 England Newcastle Falcons 4 2 0 2 61 59 2 6 0 1 9

Semi-finals[edit]

11 March 2011
20:00
Harlequins England 20–21 England Newcastle Falcons
Try: Dickson 1' c
Brown 70' c
Con: Clegg (2/2)
Pen: Clegg (2/2) 5', 22'
Report Try: Gopperth 56' c
Tu'ipulotu 80' m
Con: Gopperth (1/2)
Pen: Gopperth (3/3) 6', 36', 64'
The Stoop, London
Attendance: 6,555
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

13 March 2011
13:00
Gloucester England 45–17 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Try: Hazell 3' m
Fuimaono-Sapolu 11' c
Robinson 32' m
Sharples (4) 44' c, 53' c, 56' c, 64' c
Con: Robinson (5/7) 11', 44', 53', 56', 64'
Report Try: A. Jones 50' m
Brew 71' m
Groves 78' c
Con: Tovey (1/3) 78'
Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Attendance: 12,533
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)

Final[edit]

20 March 2011
15:30
Gloucester England 34–7 England Newcastle Falcons
Try: Voyce 6' c
Fuimaono-Sapolu 57' c
Sharples 66' c
Dawidiuk 80' c
Con: Robinson (4/4) 6', 57', 66', 80'
Pen: Robinson (2/2) 20', 51'
Report Try: Eves 74' c
Con: Gopperth (1/1) 74'
Franklin's Gardens, Northampton
Attendance: 6,848
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
FB 15 England Olly Morgan
RW 14 England Charlie Sharples
OC 13 New Zealand Tim Molenaar
IC 12 Samoa Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu
LW 11 England Tom Voyce
FH 10 Wales Nicky Robinson
SH 9 England Jordi Pasqualin
N8 8 England Luke Narraway (c)
OF 7 England Andy Hazell
BF 6 Fiji Akapusi Qera
RL 5 England Alex Brown
LL 4 Scotland Jim Hamilton
TP 3 England Rupert Harden
HK 2 France Olivier Azam
LP 1 England Nick Wood
Replacements:
HK 16 England Darren Dawidiuk
PR 17 England Yann Thomas
PR 18 England Shaun Knight
LK 19 Wales Will James
FL 20 England Matt Cox
FH 21 England Tim Taylor
FB 22 England Freddie Burns
CE 23 England Henry Trinder
Coach:
Scotland Bryan Redpath
FB 15 England Alex Tait
RW 14 England Luke Fielden
OC 13 New Zealand Tane Tu'ipulotu
IC 12 England James Fitzpatrick
LW 11 England Luke Eves
FH 10 New Zealand Jimmy Gopperth
SH 9 England Micky Young
N8 8 Scotland Ally Hogg
OF 7 New Zealand Brent Wilson
BF 6 England Tim Swinson
RL 5 New Zealand Andrew van der Heijden
LL 4 England James Hudson (c)
TP 3 England Kieran Brookes
HK 2 England Matt Thompson
LP 1 England Jon Golding
Replacements:
HK 16 England Rob Vickers
PR 17 Scotland Grant Shiells
PR 18 England James Hall
LK 19 Samoa Filipo Levi
FL 20 England Mark Wilson
SH 21 England Hall Charlton
CE 22 South Africa Gcobani Bobo
FB 23 England Tom Catterick
Coach:
Scotland Alan Tait

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes(England)
Paul Dix (England)

Top scorers[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Points". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Tries". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wasps/Quins game moved overseas". BBC Sport. 5 January 2011. 
  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. 
  6. ^ "London Wasps statement on LV=Cup point deduction". www.wasps.co.uk. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.premiershiprugby.com/premiership/news/25156.php Wasps move LV= Cup fixture to Abu Dhabi
  8. ^ "Unregistered player gives Saracens one point deduction in LV Cup". www.rugbyworld.com. Retrieved 15 February 2013.