- Third time proves lucky for Gloucester in LV= Cup final
- Newcastle battle on for last minute try
Glocester Rugby 34 Newcastle Falcons 7
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In five seasons with Wasps, Tom Voyce amassed six winners’ medals and became an integral part of a side that knew how to perform on the big stage.
And the ex- England wing settled any early nerves at Franklin’s Gardens with an eighth- minute try at the start of a game that Gloucester never looked in danger of losing.
In one of the best passages of play of the entire match, the Falcons were opened up by incisive passing from Gloucester, with Tim Molenaar offloading to Voyce who had a clear run to the corner after play switched from right to left.
Further tries followed from in- form Samoan centre Eliota Fuimaono- Sapolu, tournament top try- scorer, Charlie Sharples, and replacement Darren Dawidiuk, while fly- half Nicky Robinson supplied 14 points through the boot.
The 34-7 win made amends for defeats in the two previous Anglo- Welsh Cup finals against Cardiff Blues and Northampton Saints.
Newcastle rarely threatened a response and did not get on the scoreboard until deep into the contest when Luke Eves went over the Gloucester whitewash.
The Falcons are now left to concentrate on their fight for survival in the Aviva Premiership, while the victory secures automatic qualification for next year’s Heineken Cup for Gloucester regardless of where they finish in the league.