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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.

2010–11 LV Cup
Tournament details
Countries England
 Wales
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
Date4 November 2010 – 20 March 2011
Tournament statistics
Teams16
Matches played35
Attendance272,795 (7,794 per match)
Tries scored174 (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
VenueFranklin's Gardens, Northampton
Attendance6,848
ChampionsGloucester (5th title)
Runners-upNewcastle Falcons
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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.

Contents

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
  Newcastle Falcons 4 2 0 2 61 59 2 6 0 1 9
  London Wasps 4 1 0 3 50 101 −51 4 0 1 4[n 1]
  Cardiff Blues 4 0 1 3 56 104 −48 4 0 0 2
  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
  Harlequins 4 4 0 0 123 65 58 13 1 0 17
  Bath 4 3 0 1 110 51 59 12 1 1 14
  Ospreys 4 3 0 1 82 55 27 8 1 1 14
  Exeter Chiefs 4 2 1 1 90 56 34 9 1 0 11

Round 1Edit

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

Round 2Edit

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

Round 3Edit

29 January 2011
14:15
Bath   11–6   Newcastle Falcons
Report
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 11,631
Referee: Rob Debney (England)
29 January 2011
15:00
Exeter Chiefs   35–10   Leicester Tigers
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 7,445
Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales)
29 January 2011
18:30
Cardiff Blues   7–29   Ospreys
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 10,320
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
30 January 2011
19:15 GST
London Wasps   13–38   Harlequins
Report
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi [7]
Attendance: 4,856
Referee: Martin Fox (England)

Round 4Edit

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

Pool 2 v Pool 3Edit

Pool 2
Team[5] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
  Newport Gwent Dragons 4 3 0 1 75 69 6 8 0 0 12
  Saracens 4 2 1 1 116 72 44 15 2 0 11[n 1]
  London Irish 4 1 0 3 75 125 −50 9 1 0 5
  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
  Gloucester 4 3 0 1 119 52 67 18 3 1 16
  Northampton Saints 4 2 1 1 108 86 22 14 1 0 11
  Scarlets 4 2 0 2 93 89 4 9 1 0 9
  Sale Sharks 4 2 0 2 89 109 −20 12 1 0 9

Round 1Edit

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

Round 2Edit

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

Round 3Edit

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

Round 4Edit

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

Knock–out stageEdit

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

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

Semi-finalsEdit

11 March 2011
20:00
Harlequins   20–21   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   45–17   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'

FinalEdit

20 March 2011
15:30
Gloucester   34–7   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'
FB 15   Olly Morgan
RW 14   Charlie Sharples
OC 13   Tim Molenaar
IC 12   Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu
LW 11   Tom Voyce
FH 10   Nicky Robinson
SH 9   Jordi Pasqualin
N8 8   Luke Narraway (c)
OF 7   Andy Hazell
BF 6   Akapusi Qera
RL 5   Alex Brown
LL 4   Jim Hamilton
TP 3   Rupert Harden
HK 2   Olivier Azam
LP 1   Nick Wood
Replacements:
HK 16   Darren Dawidiuk
PR 17   Yann Thomas
PR 18   Shaun Knight
LK 19   Will James
FL 20   Matt Cox
FH 21   Tim Taylor
FB 22   Freddie Burns
CE 23   Henry Trinder
Coach:
  Bryan Redpath
FB 15   Alex Tait
RW 14   Luke Fielden
OC 13   Tane Tu'ipulotu
IC 12   James Fitzpatrick
LW 11   Luke Eves
FH 10   Jimmy Gopperth
SH 9   Micky Young
N8 8   Ally Hogg
OF 7   Brent Wilson
BF 6   Tim Swinson
RL 5   Andrew van der Heijden
LL 4   James Hudson (c)
TP 3   Kieran Brookes
HK 2   Matt Thompson
LP 1   Jon Golding
Replacements:
HK 16   Rob Vickers
PR 17   Grant Shiells
PR 18   James Hall
LK 19   Filipo Levi
FL 20   Mark Wilson
SH 21   Hall Charlton
CE 22   Gcobani Bobo
FB 23   Tom Catterick
Coach:
  Alan Tait
Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Paul Dix (England)

Top scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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=. 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 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "London Wasps statement on LV=Cup point deduction". www.wasps.co.uk. 2 December 2010. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  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.