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The 2005–06 Powergen Cup was the 35th annual rugby union cup competition in England. Originally contested between clubs of the English leagues, this was the first season for which the competition was open to the Welsh regions, forming the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The cup is contested between the twelve teams of the English Premiership and the four Welsh regional sides from the Celtic League. The format of the cup is similar to that of the Heineken Cup, beginning with pool stages, with the top placed teams entering knockout stages. Each pool consists of a Welsh region and three English sides, with each team playing the others in the group once, and the top team of each group advancing to the semi-finals.

2005–06 Powergen Cup
Tournament details
Countries England
 Wales
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
DateSeptember 2005 - April 2006
Tournament statistics
Teams16
Final
VenueTwickenham
Attendance57,212
ChampionsEngland London Wasps (6th title)
Runners-upWales Llanelli Scarlets
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Pool matches were played in September, October and December 2005. Bath Rugby, London Wasps, Llanelli Scarlets and Leicester Tigers emerged as winners of their respective pools. London Wasps defeated Llanelli Scarlets 26 points to 10 in the final at Twickenham Stadium on April 9.

Group stagesEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L F A BP Pts
  Bath Rugby 3 3 0 0 73 42 0 12
  Gloucester 3 2 0 1 69 34 1 9
  Ospreys 3 1 0 2 70 78 2 6
  Bristol 3 0 0 3 44 102 1 1
1 October 2005
Bath   25–10   Bristol

Attendance: 8,993
1 October 2005
Gloucester   23–7   Ospreys

Attendance: 6,154

9 October 2005
Bristol   6–34   Gloucester

Attendance: 5,018
9 October 2005
Ospreys   20–27   Bath

Attendance: 5,018

3 December 2005
Bath   21–12   Gloucester

Attendance: 8,563
4 December 2005
Bristol   28–43   Ospreys

Attendance: 7,684

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L F A BP Pts
  London Wasps 3 3 0 0 112 53 2 14
  Cardiff Blues 3 1 0 2 79 87 2 6
  London Irish 3 1 0 2 66 85 1 5
  Saracens 3 1 0 2 60 92 1 5
1 October 2005
Cardiff Blues   37–20   Saracens

Attendance: 8,212
2 October 2005
London Irish   26–30   London Wasps

Attendance: 6,829

7 October 2005
London Wasps   40–19   Cardiff Blues

Attendance: 6,427
9 October 2005
Saracens   32–13   London Irish

Attendance: 6,103

4 December 2005
London Irish   27–23   Cardiff Blues

Attendance: 6,024
4 December 2005
London Wasps   42–8   Saracens

Attendance: 6,377

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L F A BP Pts
  Llanelli Scarlets 3 3 0 0 74 50 0 12
  Newcastle Falcons 3 1 1 1 72 49 2 8
  Sale Sharks 3 1 0 2 77 68 2 6
  Leeds Tykes 3 0 1 2 35 91 0 2
2 October 2005
Leeds Tykes   7–28   Llanelli Scarlets

Attendance: 2,582
2 October 2005
Newcastle Falcons   34–9   Sale Sharks

Attendance: 4,917

7 October 2005
Sale Sharks   45–10   Leeds Tykes

Attendance: 4,572
9 October 2005
Llanelli Scarlets   22–20   Newcastle Falcons

Attendance: 7,195

2 December 2005
Leeds Tykes   18–18   Newcastle Falcons

Attendance: 3,316
2 December 2005
Llanelli Scarlets   24–23   Sale Sharks
Stradey Park, Llanelli
Attendance: 6,835

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L F A BP Pts
  Leicester Tigers 3 2 0 1 86 56 2 10
  Northampton Saints 3 2 0 1 70 43 1 9
  Newport Gwent Dragons 3 2 0 1 64 57 0 8
  Worcester Warriors 3 0 0 3 33 97 0 0
30 September 2005
Newport Gwent Dragons   24–15   Leicester Tigers
Rodney Parade, Newport
Attendance: 6,327
1 October 2005
Worcester Warriors   7–22   Northampton Saints

Attendance: 7,561

8 October 2005
Leicester Tigers   42–16   Worcester Warriors

Attendance: 8,642
8 October 2005
Northampton Saints   42–16   Newport Gwent Dragons

Attendance: 11,695

3 December 2005
Leicester Tigers   29–16   Northampton Saints

Attendance: 11,072
3 December 2005
Newport Gwent Dragons   33–10   Worcester Warriors

Attendance: 4,017

Semi finalsEdit

4 March 2006
London Wasps   22–17   Leicester Tigers
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 50,811
4 March 2006
Llanelli Scarlets   27–26   Bath
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 50,811

FinalEdit

9 April 2006
London Wasps   26–10   Llanelli Scarlets
Try: Tom Voyce (2)
Con: Mark van Gisbergen (2)
Pen: Mark van Gisbergen (3)
Drop: Alex King
Try: Barry Davies
Con: Mike Hercus
Pen: Mike Hercus
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 57,212
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland) replaced by Simon McDowell (Ireland) 41m
FB 15   Mark van Gisbergen
RW 14   Paul Sackey
OC 13   Josh Lewsey
IC 12   Stuart Abbott
LW 11   Tom Voyce
FH 10   Jeremy Staunton
SH 9   Eoin Reddan
N8 8   Lawrence Dallaglio (c)
OF 7   Johnny O'Connor
BF 6   Joe Worsley
RL 5   Richard Birkett
LL 4   Simon Shaw
TP 3   Tim Payne
HK 2   Raphaël Ibañez
LP 1   Alistair McKenzie
Replacements:
HK 16   Joe Ward
PR 17   Peter Bracken
LK 18   Daniel Leo
FL 19   James Haskell
SH 20   Matt Dawson
FH 21   Alex King
CE 22   Ayoola Erinle
Coach:
  Shaun Edwards
FB 15   Barry Davies
RW 14   Mark Jones
OC 13   Matthew Watkins
IC 12   Regan King
LW 11   Dafydd James
FH 10   Mike Hercus
SH 9   Clive Stuart-Smith
N8 8   Alix Popham
OF 7   Gavin Thomas
BF 6   Simon Easterby (c)
RL 5   Adam M. Jones
LL 4   Inoke Afeaki
TP 3   John Davies
HK 2   Matthew Rees
LP 1   Phil John
Replacements:
HK 16   Aled Gravelle
PR 17   Martyn Madden
LK 18   Vernon Cooper
FL 19   Dafydd Jones
SH 20   Liam Davies
FH 21   Gareth Bowen
FB 22   Garan Evans
Coach:
  Gareth Jenkins

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