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The 2012–13 LV Cup (styled as the LV= Cup) is the 42nd season of England's national rugby union cup competition, and the eighth to follow the Anglo-Welsh format.

2012–13 LV Cup
Tournament details
Countries England
 Wales
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
Date9 November 2012 – 17 March 2013
Tournament statistics
Teams16
Matches played35
Attendance266,587 (7,617 per match)
Tries scored157 (4.49 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Ben Botica (Harlequins)
(78 points)[1]
Top try scorer(s)Tonderai Chavhanga (Newport Gwent Dragons)
Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
Andy Fenby (Scarlets)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath)
Tom Williams (Harlequins)
Marland Yarde (London Irish)
(3 tries)[1]
Final
VenueSixways Stadium, Worcester[2]
Attendance8,100
ChampionsHarlequins (3rd title)
Runners-upSale Sharks
← 2011–12 (Previous)
(Next) 2013–14 →

The competition consists of the four Welsh Pro12 teams and the 12 English Premiership clubs arranged into pools consisting of three English and one Welsh team. English clubs have been allocated to the pools depending on their finish in the 2011-12 Aviva Premiership. Welsh regions have been allocated to the pools to avoid repeating fixtures from the Heineken and Amlin Challenge cups where possible. Teams are 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.[3] The competition will take place during the Autumn Internationals window and during the Six Nations thus allowing teams to develop their squad players.

Leicester Tigers are defending champions this season after claiming the cup with a 26-14 victory over Northampton Saints in the final at Sixways Stadium in Worcester. It was the seventh victory for Leicester Tigers (a record) in the competition, and the second 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)

Pool 1 v Pool 4Edit

Pool 1
Team[3] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
  Harlequins 4 4 0 0 91 60 +31 7 1 0 17
  Exeter Chiefs 4 3 0 1 99 63 +36 11 1 0 13
  Newport Gwent Dragons 4 2 0 2 95 94 +1 8 0 0 8
  Gloucester 4 1 0 3 85 111 −26 11 1 1 6
Pool 4
Team[3] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
  Bath 4 3 0 1 96 47 49 10 1 0 13
  Northampton Saints 4 2 0 2 105 86 19 9 0 1 9
  Ospreys 4 1 0 3 72 84 −12 4 0 2 6
  London Welsh 4 0 0 4 55 153 −98 3 0 0 0

Round 1Edit

9 November 2012
19:45
Ospreys   33–27   Gloucester
Try: Grabham 64' m
Allen 78' c
Con: Davies 79'
Pen: Morgan (4) 10', 34', 40', 56'
Davies 60'
Drop: Morgan (2) 20', 29'
Report Try: Thomas 26' c
Murphy 71' c
Penalty try 75' c
Con: Burns 27'
Robson (2) 71', 76'
Pen: Burns (2) 8', 16'
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 5,738
Referee: David Rose (England)

10 November 2012
13:00
Northampton Saints   30–31   Harlequins
Try: Burrell 49' m
May 59' c
Con: Lamb 60'
Pen: Lamb (5) 2', 10', 40', 48', 64'
Drop: Lamb 77'
Report Try: Smith (2) 6' c, 33' c
Sloan 25' c
Botica 80' c
Con: Botica (4) 7', 26', 34', 80'
Pen: Botica 54'
Franklin's Gardens, Northampton
Attendance: 11,586
Referee: Neil Hennessey (Wales)

10 November 2012
14:15
Bath   36–15   Newport Gwent Dragons
Try: Rokoduguni (2) 8' c, 74' c
Banahan 42' c
Con: Heathcote (3) 8', 43', 75'
Pen: Heathcote (5) 2', 20', 24', 34', 40'
Report Try: Wardle 5' c
Evans 80' m
Con: Jones 6'
Pen: Jones 21'

11 November 2012
16:00
London Welsh   15–42   Exeter Chiefs
Pen: Ross (5) 6', 25', 38', 56', 58'
Report Try: Carrick-Smith 28' m
Foster 49' c
Nowell (2) 64' m, 77' c
Sestaret (2) 68' c, 72' m
Con: Slade (3) 50', 69', 78'
Pen: Slade (2) 10', 43'
Kassam Stadium, Oxford
Attendance: 2,084
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)

Round 2Edit

16 November 2012
19:45
Harlequins   21–12   Bath
Pen: Botica (5) 1', 4', 14', 18', 31'
Grimoldby (2) 67', 71'
Report Pen: Donald (3) 16', 28', 45'
Heathcote (1) 64'
Twickenham Stoop, London
Attendance: 11,655
Referee: James Jones (Wales)

17 November 2012
16:30
Gloucester   46–20   London Welsh
Try: Monahan 7' c
Morgan (3) 21' c, 36' c, 73' c
Qera 29' c
Britton 64' m
Con: Burns (4) 8', 22', 29', 37'
Cook 74'
Pen: Burns (2) 4', 25'
Report Try: Scott 59' c
Tideswell 76' c
Con: Ross 59'
Davies 76'
Pen: Ross (2) 10', 19'
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Attendance: 9,936
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (England)

17 November 2012
17:00
Exeter Chiefs   23–13   Ospreys
Try: Carrick-Smith 28' c
Dorrian 40' c
Con: Slade (2) 28', 40'
Pen: Slade (3) 2', 55', 66'
Report Try: Allen 10' c
Con: Davies 10'
Pen: Davies (2) 31', 45'
Sandy Park, Exeter
Attendance: 7,829
Referee: Greg Garner (England)

18 November 2012
15:15
Newport Gwent Dragons   20–30   Northampton Saints
Try: Chavhanga (3) 34' c, 44' m, 70' m
Con: Prydie 35'
Pen: Prydie 22'
Report Try: Dowson 49' c
Elliott 62' m
Con: Lamb 50'
Pen: Lamb (5) 13', 25', 43', 56', 59'
Drop: Lamb 74'
Rodney Parade, Newport
Attendance: 5,312
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)

Round 3Edit

26 January 2013
14:15
Bath   16–6   Exeter Chiefs
Try: Stringer (2) 56' m, 61' m
Pen: Heathcote (2) 4', 31'
Report Pen: Slade (2) 8', 23'
Recreation Ground, Bath
Attendance: 11,170
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

26 January 2013
15:00
Harlequins   23–6   London Welsh
Try: Lambert 15' c
Ward 74' c
Con: Botica (2/2)
Pen: Botica (3) 20', 46', 65'
Report Pen: Davies (2) 14', 25'
Twickenham Stoop, London
Attendance: 12,356
Referee: Neil Hennessey (Wales)

26 January 2013
15:00
Northampton Saints   26–7   Gloucester
Try: Burrell 32'
Waller 66'
Con: Lamb (1/1)
Myler (1/1)
Pen: Lamb (2) 9', 22'
Myler (2) 55', 62'
Report Try: Mills 24' c
Con: Mills
Franklin's Gardens, Northampton
Attendance: 12,722
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)

26 January 2013
18:30
Dragons   18–14   Ospreys
Pen: S. Jones (6) 2', 7', 30', 49', 65', 73'
Report Try: Thomas 59' m
Pen: Morgan (3) 24', 34', 38'

Round 4Edit

2 February 2013
14:00
Gloucester   5–32   Bath
Try: Edmonds 34' m
Report Try: Woodburn 11' m
Abendanon 49' m
Gilbert 64' m
Rokoduguni 68' c
Donald 75' c
Con: Vesty (2)
Pen: Vesty 61'
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Attendance: 13,243
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)

2 February 2013
18:30
Exeter Chiefs   28–19   Northampton Saints
Try: White 7' c
Nowell 15' m
Votu 26' c
Con: Mieres (2)
Pen: Mieres 31', 63', 68'
Report Try: Waller 35' m
Dickson 59' c, 76' c
Con: Myler (2)
Sandy Park, Exeter
Attendance: 8,181
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

3 February 2013
15:00
London Welsh   14–42   Newport Gwent Dragons
Try: Williamson 53' m
Pen: Davies (3) 20', 25', 34'
Report Try: Amos 69' c
I. Jones 73' c
Groves 77' c
Con: S Jones (3)
Pen: S Jones (7) 17', 27', 42', 56', 60', 62', 80'
Kassam Stadium, Oxford
Attendance: 1,772
Referee: Andrew Small (England)

3 February 2013
17:00
Ospreys   12–16   Harlequins
Pen: Morgan (4) 7', 34', 40', 54'
Report Try: Hopper 29' c
Con: Botica (1)
Pen: Botica (3) 12', 16', 80'
Brewery Field, Bridgend
Attendance: 2,849
Referee: Martin Fox (England)

Pool 2 v Pool 3Edit

Pool 2
Team[3] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
  Sale Sharks 4 3 0 1 122 104 18 15 2 1 15
  Leicester Tigers 4 2 0 2 96 101 −5 12 1 0 9
  Cardiff Blues 4 2 0 2 59 64 −5 6 0 1 9
  Worcester Warriors 4 1 0 3 89 114 −25 12 1 0 5
Pool 3
Team[3] P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
  Saracens 4 3 0 1 102 69 33 8 1 1 14
  London Irish 4 2 0 2 101 84 17 12 2 2 12
  Scarlets 4 2 0 2 97 105 −8 8 0 0 8
  London Wasps 4 1 0 3 83 108 −25 8 0 2 6

Round 1Edit

9 November 2012
19:30
Cardiff Blues   22–17   London Wasps
Try: Fish 12' c
James 58' m
Sweeney 69' c
Con: Davies 13'
Sweeney 70'
Pen: Davies 44'
Report Try: Daly 35' m
Pen: Bell (4) 14', 24', 39', 56'
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 7,046
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)

9 November 2012
19:45
Saracens   38–21   Leicester Tigers
Try: George 20' c
Taylor 35' c
Maddock 40' c
Saull 64' m
Con: Mordt (3) 21', 36', 40'
Pen: Mordt (4) 6', 27', 47', 73'
Report Try: Cain 52' c
Noone 56' c
Thacker 80' c
Con: Cornwell (3) 53', 57', 80'
Goldington Road, Bedford
Attendance: 3,168
Referee: James Jones (Wales)

10 November 2012
15:00
Worcester Warriors   34–18   Scarlets
Try: Howard 54' c
Taulava 68' c
Abbott 73' c
Best 79' c
Con: Carlisle (4) 55', 68', 73', 80'
Pen: Carlisle (2) 3', 13'
Report Try: Fenby 16' c
Phillips 76' m
Con: O. Williams 17'
Pen: O. Williams (2) 6', 11'
Sixways, Worcester
Attendance: 7,489
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (England)

11 November 2012
15:00
London Irish   34–28   Sale Sharks
Try: Garvey (2) 22' c, 63' c
Skivington 50' c
Geraghty 76' m
Con: Humphreys (4) 23', 51', 64', 77'
Pen: Humphreys (2) 31', 75'
Report Try: Peel 2' m
Cipriani 38' c
Amesbury 80' c
Con: Cipriani 39'
Miller 80'
Pen: Cipriani (3) 17', 37', 43'
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 8,654
Referee: Ian Tempest (England)

Round 2Edit

16 November 2012
20:00
Sale Sharks   25–23   Saracens
Try: Cueto 2' m
Penalty try 19' c
McKenzie 50' c
Con: Davies (2) 20', 52'
Pen: Cipriani 56'
Miller 72'
Report Try: Ratuvou 7' c
Tomkins 40' c
Con: Mordt (2) 8', 40'
Pen: Mordt (2) 6', 36'
Spencer 58'

17 November 2012
18:30
Scarlets   22–16   Cardiff Blues
Try: Penalty try 35' c
Con: Owen 35'
Pen: Owen 6'
Williams 40'
Thomas (3) 64', 68', 71'
Report Try: Hamilton 15' c
Con: Davies 16'
Pen: Davies (3) 26', 31', 43'
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Attendance: 6,469
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

18 November 2012
15:00
Leicester Tigers   22–15   London Irish
Try: Andrew 19' c
Con: Ford 20'
Pen: Ford (5) 23', 39', 47', 57', 79'
Report Try: Watson 8' m
Homer 69' c
Con: Humphreys 70'
Pen: Humphreys 3'
Welford Road, Leicester
Attendance: 17,569
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)

18 November 2012
15:00
London Wasps   28–19   Worcester Warriors
Try: McIntyre 6' c
Wallace 61' c
Davies 71' m
Con: Bell (2) 7', 62'
Pen: Bell (3) 31', 38', 46'
Report Try: Grove 26' m
Short 29' c
Howard 69' c
Con: Carlisle (2) 30', 70'
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 5,152
Referee: Rhys Thomas (Wales)

Round 3Edit

26 January 2013
15:00
Leicester Tigers   34–8   London Wasps
Try: Mulipola 17' c
Noone 37' m
Tait 61' m
Goneva (2) 67' c, 77' c
Con: Bowden (1)
Cornwell (2)
Pen: Bowden (1) 29'
Report Try: Southwell 74' m
Pen: T. Bell (1) 46'
Welford Road, Leicester
Attendance: 19,757
Referee: David Rose (England)

26 January 2013
15:00
Sale Sharks   36–17   Scarlets
Try: Vernon 31' m
Amesbury 40' c
Cipriani 64' c
Ingall 75' m
Con: Cipriani (40, 64)
Pen: Cipriani (4) 13', 24', 28', 56'
Report Try: Fenby 4' c
G. Davies 20' c
Con: O. Williams (2/2)
Pen: O. Williams (1) 49'
Salford City Stadium, Salford
Attendance: 3,108
Referee: Ian Tempest (England)

27 January 2013
15:00
London Irish   46–24   Worcester Warriors
Try: Aulika (2) 14' c, 29' c
Yarde (3) 40' m, 65' c, 78' c
A. Gray 55' c
Con: Homer (5/6)
Pen: Homer (2) 9', 42'
Report Try: D. Gray 52' c
Lemi 64' c
Percival 73' c
Con: D. Gray (1/1)
Goode (2/2)
Pen: D. Gray (1) 2'
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 5,038
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

27 January 2013
15:00
Saracens   19–11   Cardiff Blues
Try: Short 78' c
Con: Mordt (1/1)
Pen: Mordt (4) 3', 27', 49', 62'
Report Try: Copeland 35' m
Pen: Sweeney (1) 5'
Davies (1) 72'
Barnet Copthall, London
Attendance: 3,726
Referee: Rhys Thomas (Wales)

Round 4Edit

1 February 2013
19:30
Cardiff Blues   10–6   London Irish
Try: Evans 33' c
Con: Patchell (1)
Pen: Patchell (1) 69'
Report Pen: Homer (2) 20', 55'
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 5,938
Referee: Ian Tempest (England)

2 February 2013
14:00
London Wasps   30–33   Sale Sharks
Try: Hayter 4' c
Davies 69' c
Sam Jones 80' c
Con: Stephen Jones (1)
T. Bell (2)
Pen: Stephen Jones (2) 12', 24'
T. Bell (1) 35'
Report Try: Penalty try 17' c
Myall 21' c
Tuitupou 42' c
Taylor 45' m
Cipriani 48' m
Con: Cipriani (4)
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 5,430
Referee: David Rose (England)

2 February 2013
15:00
Worcester   12–22   Saracens
Try: Cowan 15' c
Drauniniu 55' m
Con: Goode (1)
Report Try: Joubert 2' c
Con: Spencer (1)
Pen: Spencer (5) 9', 40', 57', 73', 78'
Sixways, Worcester
Attendance: 6,552
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (England)

3 February 2013
13:00
Scarlets   40–19   Leicester Tigers
Try: Fenby 69' c
Owen 76' m
Reynolds 78' c
Con: A. Thomas (2)
Pen: O. Williams (7) 6', 14', 18', 21', 34', 44', 59'
Report Try: Waldrom 10' m
Penalty try 30' c
Forsyth 40' c
Con: Cornwell (2)
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Attendance: 6,496
Referee: Greg Garner (England)

Knock–out stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
9 March – Twickenham Stoop
 
 
  Harlequins 31
 
17 March – Sixways
 
  Bath 23
 
  Harlequins 32
 
10 March – Salford City Stadium
 
  Sale Sharks 14
 
  Sale Sharks 21
 
 
  Saracens 15
 

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 91 60 31 7 1 0 17
2   Sale Sharks 4 3 0 1 122 104 18 15 2 1 15
3   Saracens 4 3 0 1 102 69 33 8 1 1 14
4   Bath 4 3 0 1 96 47 49 10 1 0 13

Semi-finalsEdit

9 March 2013
12:15
Harlequins   31–23   Bath
Try: Guest 8' c
Williams 20' c, 52'c
Dickson 36' c
Con: Botica (4/4)
Pen: Botica (1) 67'
Report Try: Louw 26' c
Abendanon 58' c
Con: Heathcote (2/2)
Pen: Heathcote (3) 39', 42', 63'
Twickenham Stoop, London
Attendance: 6,523
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

10 March 2013
13:00
Sale Sharks   21–15   Saracens
Try: Holmes 37' m
Fowles 67' c
Con: Cipriani (1/2)
Pen: Cipriani (3) 4', 17', 78'
Report Pen: Spencer (5) 5', 8', 14', 24', 63'
Salford City Stadium, Salford
Attendance: 3,129
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

FinalEdit

17 March 2013
15:00
Harlequins   32–14   Sale Sharks
Try: Williams 9' m
Guest 26' c
Casson 44' c
Wallace 53' c
Con: Botica (3/4)
Pen: Botica (2) 4', 33'
Report Try: Leota 56' m
Pen: Cipriani (3) 15', 30', 42'
Sixways, Worcester[2]
Attendance: 8,100
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
15   Ross Chisholm
14   Tom Williams
13   George Lowe
12   Tom Casson
11   Sam Smith
10   Ben Botica
9   Karl Dickson
8   Tom Guest
7   Luke Wallace (c)
6   Maurie Fa'asavalu
5   Charlie Matthews
4   Sam Towney
3   Will Collier
2   Rob Buchanan
1   Mark Lambert
Replacements:
16   Dave Ward
17   Darryl Marfo
18   James Johnston
19   Peter Browne
20   Joe Trayfoot
21   Jordan Burns
22   Rory Clegg
23   Charlie Walker
Coach:
  John Kingston
15   Nick Macleod
14   Tom Brady
13   Johnny Leota
12   Sam Tuitupou
11   Charlie Ingall
10   Danny Cipriani
9   Nathan Fowles
8   Andy Powell
7   David Seymour (c)
6   James Gaskell
5   Tom Holmes
4   Fraser McKenzie
3   Tony Buckley
2   Tommy Taylor
1   Alasdair Dickinson
Replacements:
16   Aston Croall
17   Ross Harrison
18   Henry Thomas
19   Andrei Ostrikov
20   Daniel Braid
21   Dwayne Peel
22   Charlie Amesbury
23   Mark Cueto
Coach:
  Steve Diamond

Top scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Anglo-Welsh Cup : Stat 2012/2013". www.itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Worcester's Sixways chosen to stage third LV= Cup final". BBC. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e "2012-13 LV= Cup fixtures unveiled". Premiership Rugby. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  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)