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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.

2009–10 LV Cup
Tournament details
Countries England
 Wales
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
DateNovember 2009 - March 2010
Tournament statistics
Teams16
Matches played35
Attendance278,978 (7,971 per match)
Tries scored150 (4.29 per match)
Final
VenueSixways Stadium
Attendance12,024
ChampionsEngland Northampton Saints (1st title)
Runners-upEngland Gloucester
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(Next) 2010–11 →

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 Celtic 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 stagesEdit

Points systemEdit

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 4Edit

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

Round 1Edit

5 November 2009
19:30
Ospreys   17 – 19   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   20 – 9   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   28 – 17   Leicester Tigers
Report
Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds
Attendance: 3,893
Referee: Sean Davey (RFU)

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

Round 2Edit

13 November 2009
19:45
Sale Sharks   27 – 3   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   21 – 11   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   19 – 3   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   29 – 20   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 3Edit

29 January 2010
19:15
Newport Gwent Dragons   40 – 19   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   5 – 28   Saracens
Try: Wackett
Report Try: Joubert
Brits
Powell
Marshall
Con: Hougaard (3)
Jackson
Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds
Attendance: 1,781

29 January 2010
19:45
Leicester Tigers   27 – 11   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   14 – 20   Northampton Saints
Try: Hodgson
Koyamailbole
Report Try: Mayor
Diggin
Pen: Myler (2)
Edgeley Park, Stockport
Attendance: 6,506

Round 4Edit

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

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

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

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

Pool 2 v Pool 3Edit

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

Round 1Edit

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

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

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

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

Round 2Edit

14 November 2009
15:00
Scarlets   32 – 17   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   11 – 12   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   21 – 14   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   8 – 19   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 3Edit

30 January 2010
15:00
Gloucester   17 – 5   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   13 – 18   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   45 – 24   Newcastle Falcons
Report
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: James Jones (WRU)

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

Round 4Edit

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

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

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

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

Knockout stageEdit

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

Qualification criteriaEdit

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   Northampton Saints 4 4 0 0 81 45 36 7 0 0 16
2   Cardiff Blues 4 3 0 1 120 84 36 14 2 1 15
3   Gloucester 4 2 0 2 87 81 6 12 1 2 11
4   Saracens 4 2 0 2 83 69 14 8 1 1 10

Semi-finalsEdit

14 March 2010
12:15
Cardiff Blues   18 – 29   Gloucester
Try: Laulala
Sweeney
Con: Blair (2)
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   31 – 20   Saracens
Try: Dowson
Mujati
Diggin
Best
Con: Geraghty
Pen: Geraghty (3)
Report Try: Melck
Pen: Hougaard (4)
Jackson (1)
Franklin's Gardens, Northampton
Attendance: 11,894
Referee: Romain Poite (FFR)

FinalEdit

21 March 2010
15:30
Northampton Saints   30 – 24   Gloucester
Try: Tonga'uiha
Downey
Dickson
Con: Myler (3)
Pen: Myler (3)
Report Try: Qera
Penalty try
Con: Robinson
Pen: Robinson (4)
Sixways Stadium, Worcester
Attendance: 12,024
Referee: Alan Lewis (IRFU)
FB 15   Shane Geraghty
RW 14   Bruce Reihana
OC 13   Jon Clarke
IC 12   James Downey
LW 11   Paul Diggin
FH 10   Stephen Myler
SH 9   Lee Dickson
N8 8   Roger Wilson
OF 7   Neil Best
BF 6   Phil Dowson (c)
RL 5   Juandré Kruger
LL 4   Courtney Lawes
TP 3   Brian Mujati
HK 2   Brett Sharman
LP 1   Soane Tonga'uiha
Replacements:
HK 16   Andy Long
PR 17   Regardt Dreyer
PR 18   Jon Vickers
FL 19   Mark Hopley
N8 20   Mark Easter
SH 21   Alan Dickens
FH 22   Barry Everitt
CE 23   Joe Ansbro
Coach:
  Jim Mallinder
FB 15   Freddie Burns
RW 14   James Simpson-Daniel
OC 13   Tim Molenaar
IC 12   Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu
LW 11   Lesley Vainikolo
FH 10   Nicky Robinson
SH 9   Rory Lawson
N8 8   Adam Eustace
OF 7   Akapusi Qera
BF 6   Peter Buxton (c)
RL 5   Alex Brown
LL 4   Will James
TP 3   Pierre Capdevielle
HK 2   Olivier Azam
LP 1   Nick Wood
Replacements:
HK 16   Darren Dawidiuk
PR 17   Yann Thomas
PR 18   Rupert Harden
FL 19   Apolosi Satala
FL 20   Andy Hazell
SH 21   Dave Lewis
WG 22   Tom Voyce
WG 23   Charlie Sharples
Coach:
  Bryan Redpath

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2009-10-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b "About the LV= Cup". LV=. Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ a b c d "Group Tables LV= Cup Previous Seasons". www.premiershiprugby.com. Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 15 February 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)