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Gloucester face Falcons in LV= Cup showdown

14 March 2011

  • Gloucester hoping for third time lucky in Anglo-Welsh final
  • Newcastle secure place with last minute try over Harlequins
Gloucester Rugby will meet Newcastle Falcons in the LV= Cup Final

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Gloucester will battle it out with Newcastle Falcons at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday in a bid to become the new holders of the LV= Cup at their third consecutive attempt (kick-off 3.30pm).

The Cherry & Whites lost last season's showpiece in a thrilling encounter at Sixways against Northampton, but hwon another shot at glory after a 45-17 semi-final win over injury-hit Newport Gwent Dragons.

Bryan Redpath's men had the game effectively sewn up by half-time after establishing a 17-0 interval lead through tries from Andy Hazell, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu and Nicky Robinson.

Gloucester continued to dominate in the second half and wing Charlie Sharples enjoyed a memorable afternoon with four tries in a devastating 21-minute spell.

Newcastle make it fourth time lucky

It was 51 minutes before the Dragons found themselves on the scoreboard when Adam Jones crashed over, and Aled Brew and Jevon Groves added two late tries by way of consolation.

Having lost their three previous cup semi-finals, Newcastle looked to be heading for more heartbreak against Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop.

However, a last-gasp Tane Tu'ipulotu touchdown in front of the Falcons' travelling support saw them through to their first final since winning the equally dramatic Powergen Cup clash with Sale in 2004.

Jimmy Gopperth was Newcastle's other try-scorer and the New Zealander also contributed 11 points through his accurate boot.

Newcastle have met Gloucester once this season in the league, emerging 12-6 winners from a dour Aviva Premiership encounter at Kingston Park on November 21, 2010, when Gopperth supplied all their points through four penalties.

To purchase tickets, please visit GloucesterRugby.co.uk or Newcastle-Falcons.co.uk.