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Tait delighted with semi-final victory

14 March 2011

  • Newcaslte reach final of the LV= Cup
  • Falcons defeat Harlequins 21-20 at the Stoop to set up Gloucester tie at Franklin's Gardens
Chris Robshaw of Harlequins jumps for the ball with Newcastle's Alex Tait during the LV= Cup semi-final match at the Stoop

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Newcastle head coach Alan Tait praised his side's battling qualities after they snatched a dramatic late 21-20 victory over Harlequins to reach the LV= Cup final.

"You can count on one hand as you go through your career the amount of times you win a game like that," admitted Tait.

"They had thrown everything at us. I had hardly sat in my seat and they were 7-0 up and Ugo Monye dropped a scoring opportunity as well.

"You ride your luck but I have to praise our lads for the effort they put in, they never say die. They have really battled. I am sure this will give a massive lift to the club.

"We have to look at our main priority in the Premiership but it's a great honour to play in finals and we have worked really hard.

"I feel for the Harlequins boys because it is a hard pill to swallow. But we didn't win it with a penalty. We won it with a try that was worthy of winning a game of rugby."

This is incredibly difficult to take - O'Shea

Harlequins' Joe Marler is halted by the Newcastle defence

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Harlequins lost to Newcastle in the Aviva Premiership last week and director of rugby Conor O'Shea admitted this result had hit them hard, saying: "This is incredibly difficult to take.

"We will feel very sorry for ourselves for a couple of days and everyone should. It would be the wrong emotion not to.

"We are a good rugby side but we didn't finish our chances. That happens. From time to time you get a match like this. It is great when you win. It is a horrible, horrible thing to take if you lose.

"We will have to stew on this for a couple of weeks because we don't have a game and that will be hard.

"But you have to lick your wounds, take the pain and move on to your next job. We have five league games to go and that is a way into Europe."

The Falcons will meet Gloucester in the final at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday (March 20).

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